Bluesy Bach and Friends - Opus 4 (Arioso Für Elise)
Bluesy Bach and Friends – Opus 4 (Arioso Für Elise)
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New Music – Arioso Für Elise!  I have just released “Opus 4” in my series of “Bluesy Bach” recordings. With this recording I  expanded the title from “Bluesy Bach” to “Bluesy Bach and Friends”.  In this tune I combined elements from Beethoven’s “Für Elise” with Bach’s “Arioso”. My recording is titled Bluesy Bach and Friends – Opus 4 (Arioso Für Elise).

The Arioso a sinfonia from Bach’s Cantata BWV 156.  In German is titled, “Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe” (I am standing with one foot in the grave). BWV 156 is a cantata for church that Bach composed for the third Sunday after Epiphany and first performed it on January 23, 1729.

Beethoven’s Für Elise (Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515)) was not published during his lifetime.  It was actually not discovered until about 40 years after Beethoven’s death.  There has been much debate on exactly who “Elise” might have been. At any rate, it is a delightful melody and has been very popular for good reason.

My arrangement used electric guitar (Ibanez Artcore Expressionist semi-hollow body), Hammond organ, drums and percussion. The tracking was recorded with Logic Pro X digital audio workstation.  Mastering was performed by SoundLAB. I would like to thank my friend Michael Powers for arranging and mixing assistance.

Please visit my music store to buy a copy of Bluesy Bach and Friends – Opus 4 (Arioso Für Elise). Or, if you are into streaming, listen on Spotify on my artist page. You can also buy the song on by searching on “Christopher J” and “Bluesy” as well as many other on-line music sources.

Here’s my cover art!  How do you like the Hendrix vibe?

Album Art - Arioso Für Elise