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Passacaglia op. 15

by Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 582

By Fazil Say

Piano - difficult
By Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 582. Composed by Fazil Say. Arranged by Fazil Say. This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Piano. Classical. Composed 2005. Op. 15. 20 pages. Duration 13'. Schott Music #ED 20137. Published by Schott Music (HL.49016112).

Item Number: HL.49016112

ISBN 9783795796280. 9x12 inches. Transcribed for piano by Fazil Say.

The Turkish pianist and composer Faz?l Say has from the age of sic begun each day with the performance of a keyboard work by Bach; his concert programmes include both numerous original compositions and transcriptions. His own piano transcription of the well-known Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor 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 utilising the tonal possibilities of the piano.

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  • 4

    Joel Myers
    Brooklyn, NY
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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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