Bluesy Bach & Friends – Opus 4 (Arioso Für Elise)

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


Bachulele Minuet – the Video

Hi Friends,

Here is the music video that goes with my latest song, Bluesy Bach – Opus 3 “Bachulele Minuet”, a musical adventure that takes us into ukulele land. You can grab a high quality (320 kbps mp3 or flac file) from my Music Store page on my web site and even name your own price!  So thank you in advance for supporting independent music!  Or if you are into streaming, just listen on my Spotify artist page and Spotify will pay me a few cents.  You can also buy the song on

Johann Sebastian Bach gave two notebooks of music to his wife, Anna Magdalena. The second notebook of 1725 contains a number of compositions from various composers of the time that were favorites of the Bach family. Included in the notebook is Menuett, BWV Anhang 114, popularly known as Minuet in G major, which has become the new focus of my attention in my ongoing “Bluesy Bach” series of recordings. This recording is my own unique approach to this piece which I hope you enjoy. By the way, during my research on this song I learned that for many years this Minuet (Menuette in French) was ascribed to JS Bach, however it is now attributed to Christian Petzold.



Bluesy Bach Opus 2 Ringtone Number 3 (Ave Maria)

Here is the link to Bluesy Bach Opus 2 Ringtone Number three — that’s 3 (Ave Maria)!

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