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Toccata in D Minor for Organ, BWV 565

Arrangement for Piano

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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Arrangement for Piano. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Christian Schaper, Ullrich Scheideler, and Marc-Andre Hamelin. Arranged by Feruccio Busoni. Henle Music Folios. Classical. Softcover. 28 pages. G. Henle #HN1479. Published by G. Henle (HL.51481479).

Item Number: HL.51481479

9x12 inches.

Bach/Busoni - a pairing that makes pianists' hearts beat faster. This is because Busoni succeeded in making piano transcriptions of works that Bach had originally tailor-made for another instrument in such a way that one can still sense the original sound world while the grand piano is able to show off its full potential.

Together with the C-major Toccata, BWV 564, his transcription of the Organ Toccata in D minor, BWV 565 (now, after some interim uncertainty, once more considered a work by Bach), was to round off his reworkings of Bach for Breitkopf & Härtel in 1900. In Busoni's view a worthy culmination because the toccatas were indeed - as he informed his publisher - “obviously the best among my achievements of this kind and I am confident in expecting they will make a strong impact”.

G. Henle Publishers agrees with this assessment and presents the famous D-minor Toccata and Fugue in an attractive Urtext edition that has consulted all of the sources and offers fingerings by the exceptional pianist Marc-André Hamelin.

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