The best works of J. S. Bach
(The homepage of Aleksandr
Goltsov, reduced translation)
|I am programmer and I like the music of Bach very much. Unfortunately
I do not play on any musical instrument good enough but I like to listen
music. I am 32 year old and my face looks like... like that (see
at the right).
On this page you will find some MIDI files with the famous Bach's works
and some AWE32 patches to make them sound better. These files came to me
by various ways, mainly from Internet pages.
Write me if you wish to my e-mail
(do not forget to remove all digits from the address!).
I'm seeking for the AWE patches for Church Organ (different stops), Flute,
Harpsichord, Acoustic Guitar and "live" instruments at all.
- Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) - That
what the most of people remember hearing the name of Bach. Church
Organ. I recommend to listen it using the good Organ patch with
"steel" sound and powerful bass (see below).
- Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565)
- Another style of performance.
- Passacaglie & Fugue in C minor (BWV 582)
- That what the most of people unfortunately do not remember.
wind instruments (this is
an organ work of course). ROM standard instrument set is suitable. Organ
sound must be soft (wood pipes), though this music can be played on metal
pipes too. It sounds doleful and peaceful on wood pipes and stern and gloomy
- Choral prelude in F minor (BWV 639) - From
"Little book for organ". Wood wind instruments.
Also good when played with a "steel" organ patch.
- Prelude D minor (BWV 554) - From "Small
English preludes". Church Organ.Good with "steel"
- Prelude in E-flat minor (BWV 853) - Piano.
From "The Well-tempered Clavier", part 1, #8. This prelude seems to be the most
emptionally saturated work among all of the Well-tempered Clavier parts.
- The Big Chromatic Fantasia (BVW 903) - Piano.
Or load a Harpsichord patch and enjoy. "Chromatic" means "having
no key". Bach's ingenious switching from key to key can really bewitch
- From Suite #3 in D major (BWV 1068) - This music
is known as "Air". Smooth, "goldish" music for violins
an cello. Strings. Sounds well with standard AWE wavetable
- Chacone from Partite #2 D minor (BWV 1004)
- The work for violin solo. Arranged for Guitar Nylon. Did
you hear the single violin which sounds like a full orchestra? In Paganini
works, may be... The violin in Chacone sounds like this. Though it can't
be heared in this arrangement - chords used...
- Prelude C minor (BWV 999) for laute -
Arranged as Acoustic Bass. Just such a music
is to be called "cosmic". It calls an image of something infinite,
cold and beautiful, like a night sky in stars. Especially in case
of playback with some organ patch.
- Partita #6 (BWV 830) for klavier -
This romantic work is written by J.S.Bach too - just imagine! It sounds like
Choppin works. The second part begins as folk dance... and then You listen
that it is a fugue instead.
The samples of sound of instruments (patches) can be loaded into the memory
of your soundcard with AWE Control Panel. 2M
of RAM or more should be installed on your SB32/AWE soundcard, otherwise
large patches will not fit. You can play MIDI with standard ROM instrument
set, of course, but organ probably will not sound good. SoundBlaster with
its wavetable synthesizes many other instruments with acceptable quality, but
I did not hear standard Church Organ from ROM similar enough
to the church organ sound.
- synthgm.sf2 (42k, Creative) - standard Creative instrument
set for AWE32. Other, improved instrument sets may be provided with modern SoundBlaster
models (such as SB Live!). But the files at the top of this page are optimized
for AWE32 standard set, so you should use this patch to listen them with the instruments
for which they are arranged using new Creative soundcards.
- aweorgan.sf2 (23k, by Ralph van Zetten, 1996)
- Organ. Many
stops, but "metal" sounds and powerfull basses are represented
relatively poor. This patch uses only instruments from ROM, so it uses
no RAM of your soundcard at all. You can use it even if you have no RAM
installed on your soundcard! Turn reverberation on. Playing large chords
with this patch may cause an "overload" of DAC - then lower the
bass&treble and volume to avoid this. The main rule for use this patch is:
volume of notes must be lower than maximum (maximum volume is 127) to avoid distortion.
I arranged some files below for
this patch ("strange" instruments will be heared without patch
loading). Ensure the sound quality:
- ch_mono.sf2 (2M, "Sonido Media", 1997) - It is
real organ for playing "powerful" organ works. You should have at least 2M RAM on
your soundcard. Good quality sound of organ with
metal pipes, powerful bass present (usually there are no organ bass in
wavetables at all). Patch also contains the sound with reverberation (Cathedral
- gothorgn.sf2 (703k)
- Organ. Sounds like previous one. Basses are stronger, but high-pitched
notes are less realistic. For "powerful" organ works.
- barharp.sf2 (140k) - Baroque Harpsichord.
Nice, realistic sound.
- piano.sf2 (967k) - Piano.
This is "real" fortepiano due to velocity sensitivity. It means that notes
with different velocity will have differences not only in volume but in
timbre too. Appreciate the sound with this prelude (without patch the sound will be
low and will have no so much beauty):
- h314guit.sf2 (880k) - Acoustic steel guitar.
It is the only patch on this page wich is made by myself. It seems to sound well
(at least in guitar pitch range), though little noises raice through the sound time
to time. It can be useful for harpsichord music.
"Last but not least". It is much better to listen music (especially
classic, even synthesized) on a good acoustic system. Plug the wire from
your SoundBlaster to HiFi amplifier with HiFi loudspeakers and FEEL THE DIFFERENCE.