A godfather of counterpoint and harmony, Bach dates from the Baroque period, though appreciation of his timeless music can't be contained by any era. You may have encountered the Goldberg Variations, the Brandenburg Concertos, or his two great Passions, but there's always more to discover in his vast output. There's always a new interpretive approach to cherish too, in the recordings of performers as diverse as Yo-Yo Ma, Glenn Gould, and Sir Simon Rattle. Whenever arch-modernists tire of complexity for its own sake, they go “Back to Bach” for a reason: the purposefulness of his every note is an inspiration.
Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prélude