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Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor

The Virtuoso Piano Transcription Series, Volume 12

By Johann Sebastian Bach

The Virtuoso Piano Transcription Series, Volume 12. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Arranged by Fazil Say. Piano. 20 pages. Schott Music #ED20137. Published by Schott Music (HL.49016112).

Item Number: HL.49016112

9x12 inches.

The Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say has found renown in his concerts of original compositions and transcriptions. His transcription of Bach's famous organ work Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor (BWV 582) is neither a mere incorporation of the pedal voice with its almost continous ostinato theme into the left hand of the piano part, nor a purely virtuoso ornamentation of the original version. His intention is to produce an imaginative transcription of the relatively two-dimensional organ registration utilizing the tonal possibilities of the piano.

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  • July 30, 2008 Solid Transcription

    I haven't tried out the organ original of this; I've listened through several recordings of the piece for organ as well as the one by Awadagin Pratt on his "Transformations" CD, though, and I can say this definitely does a solid job of conveying most of the meat...

    and bones of the composition. I feel like there are certain places where the transcription sounds a bit thin, and I've ended up penning in some octaves and fifths to get the fullness that I think should be there. This is the only readily available piano transcription of the piece that I'm aware of, and as such I'm definitely grateful to have it (and am really enjoying working on it) but I think more serious students would do well to listen to what Pratt did in his transcription, as well as what organists have done with the work as it was originally rendered (I’d recommend Michael Murray's performance on the "Methuen" CD), and use Say's transcription as a really solid point of departure to embellish as desired.

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