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Concerto in A Minor

Allegro from Concerto for 4 Harpsichords & Strings (BWV 1065)

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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Mallet Sextet Mallet Sextet (Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphone, 3 marimbas*--(2) 4-octave, (1) low A) - Med-Advanced
Allegro from Concerto for 4 Harpsichords & Strings (BWV 1065). Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Arranged by Brian Slawson. Percussion Ensembles. Mallet sextet from Bach on Wood. Folio & Parts on CD-ROM. Duration 2'30. Tapspace Publications #TSPCE-31. Published by Tapspace Publications (TA.TSPCE-31).

Item Number: TA.TSPCE-31

Harpsichord concerti were written throughout the Baroque era, particularly by J.S. Bach. However, this Allegro from Bach's Concerto for 4 Harpsichords & Strings (BWV 1065) is based on Vivaldi's Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor (RV 580). For one composer to borrow material from another during Bach's time was considered a flattering gesture.

Mallet instruments have much in common with the attack and decay properties of harpsichords, making arrangements such as this a natural choice. Brian Slawson's orchestrations bring this piece to life, and it will make an excellent addition to the repertoire of any percussion ensemble wishing to highlight a Baroque selection for mallet instruments.

This arrangement of Concerto in A Minor has been heard worldwide on the popular CD Bach on Wood, which helped garner Brian Slawson a Grammy nomination for Best New Classical Artist.

This piece comes as a professionally printed and bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or for tablet viewing.

*Two marimba players can also share a low A marimba if instruments are limited.

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