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J.S. Bach: Six Cello Suites for Trumpet

Transcribed and Edited by Larry Clark

By Johann Sebastian Bach

Chamber Music Trumpet
Transcribed and Edited by Larry Clark. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Larry Clark. SWS. Back To School. Score. With Standard notation. 48 pages. Carl Fischer Music #WF163. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.WF163).

Item Number: CF.WF163

ISBN 9780825896798. 9 x 12 inches. Transcribed by Larry Clark.

The Six Suites for Unaccompanied Celloare some of the frequently performed andrecognizable solo compositions ever written.This pieces have been meticulously transcribedfor the trumpet, keeping the integrity of theoriginal Bach compositions while making themmore idiomatic. These pieces hold up in anysetting and are now available to a whole newgroup of instrumentalist to enjoy with thiswonderfully edited collection. A must have forany serious teacher or student of the trumpet.
The six suites for unaccompanied cello by Johann SebastianBach have become some of the most popular and most frequentlyperformed pieces for any instrument. Because of the quality ofthese works, they have been transcribed for numerous instruments,including this new edition specifically for the trumpet.Much about the origins of the suites is unknown, as an originalmanuscript in Bach’s own hand does not exist. The first record of thesuites is from a manuscript in the hand of Bach’s second wife AnnaMagdalena. There are two other manuscripts of the suites that havesurvived from Bach’s time, one by J.P. Kellner, and J.J.H. Westphal,both of whom were music collectors at the time. The difficulty withcoming up with any kind of definitive collection of these pieces isthat all three of the manuscripts seem to contain errors making itdifficult to know exactly what were Bach’s intentions.The suites are enormously popular today, but were not all thatpopular in Bach’s time. It really wasn’t until the famous cellistPablo Casals discovered these pieces as a child and then later in1936 recorded the suites did their popularity soar. There has alwaysbeen controversy regarding the performance interpretation ofthese works, since much of Casals’ interpretation is with a moreromanticized flare. For every cellist that has played the suites, thereare differing ways to perform these beloved works. To date there areover 80 editions of the suites just for the cello.As a trombonist in college the suites were brought to myattention by my teacher. I studied these pieces out of an existingedition for cello. In this new edition specifically for the trumpet,I have worked to keep the integrity of the original suites intact asmuch as possible, but to also add phrase marking and articulationsthat help make the pieces more idiomatic for the instrument.To begin, I went back to the original Anna Magdalena manuscriptas the foundation. From there I added or changed phrase markingsthat would help a trumpet player to play these suites more like howthey would sound on the cello. Anytime you decide to take on aproject like this, your own opinion and performance sensibilitescome in to play. I suggest that when you work on these wonderfulpieces that you alter the markings to fit your sensibilities, just howCasals did or any other person that has ever played these works.I have left off any dynamic choices as those are up for debate aswell and each person that studies these works should make theirown musical decisions based on their own discovery, research andmusical sensibilities.As part of the editing of the suites I had to alter the octave ofsome notes to fit the range of the instrument. In most cases I triedto do this in as musical a way as possible. Also, note that I left a lotof the double or triple stops from the original cello suites intact, asthey help the performer to better understand the implied harmoniesof the pieces, and I think that many of them can be performed in anarppeggiated fashion on the trumpet to bring about a more completeperformance. Please note that if the lowest of the double or triplestops was out of the range of the trumpet, I placed it an octavehigher with parentheses around it. This will help you to know whereI made these adjustments so that during analysis of the suites youcan determine the inversions of certain harmonies. If the doublestops were merely octaves, I simply eliminated the lowest octavethat was out of the instrument range.It is sincerely my hope that this new edition will help to bringthese incredibly rich pieces to many more instrumentalist whomotherwise would not get the chance to play them without this book.I hope you enjoy Bach’s works as much as I have enjoyed preparingthis edition.

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  • May 15, 2019 Very useful for practise

    The transcription for trumpet works well, the range is rather deep from low fis up to a'''. As intermediate player I use the sheet-music mainly for practice which improves fingering and lip-flexibility.The legato-nature make the pieces better suited for flügelhorn than trumpet.I remove one...

    star for the print starting on the right side, which puts page flips at exactly the wrong moment. If I ever perform this piece, I will need somebody to flip the pages or copy some pages.So far, I have only played through the first suite.

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