This simple piece of music, found in the Anna Magdalena Notebook, is a simple, but beautiful piece of baroque music. Anna Magdalena was Bach’s second wife, with whom he had thirteen children. There are two Anna Magdalena Notebooks, which were compiled by Anna and her husband. The first (1722) is composed of works by Bach. The second notebook (1725) contains works not only by Bach, but also by other composers of that time. Minuet in G Major comes from the second notebook.
Although commonly referred to as Bach’s work, in the twentieth century this work was attributed to Christian Petzold. It is often used to teach music students correct timing, rhythm and musical excellence. Whether composed by Bach or not, the inspiration this simple piece brings is incredible. Here is the Minuet in G Major.