original piano transcription of Luigi Boccherini’s String Quartet Op 2 No 3 in D major G 161
composition date: 1761
- 3rd movement: 2013 (20 September)
- 2nd movement: 2013 (19 – 24 September)
- 1st movement: 2013 (20 September – 12 October)
complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 3 movements:
- Allegro moderato
YouTube channel (embedded links below)
Ever since completing String Quartet Op 2 No 2 (project tbpt100) I decided to go for crazy and transcribe the complete Op 2. After all, I’m in full blown Boccherini spree and I like all these works. If everything goes well, this will be my first complete set of 6 quartets transcribed. [I had previously completed a set of 3, Haydn’s Op. 74]
Working on the Op 2 quartets has an edge on the others by the same author because there is a full score available to work on while for all the others you can only find a parts score. So for Op 2 I didn’t need to print out scores and number the bars manually or do any other form of “preprocessing”. This of course doesn’t spare me the trickiness of the real transcribing work.
You could expect these early works to be “easier” but it is not the case: some passages are tricky precisely because of their “earliness”. I did find some “bonuses” on the way though; these were:
- all quartets have 3 movements (not 4)
- slow movements are short
- the last movement is (for No.3, 4, 6 at least) a “freebie” (as an “easy question in a quiz show”), that is a one-page Minuetto or else an Allegro much easier than the first movement (generally the most difficult movements are always the first ones here)
I started with this No 3 in D major, actually before project tbpt122 (another String Quartet by Boccherini, Op 9 No 4 in E flat major) but I was so engrossed in the latter that I completed it way faster.
As with the Op 2 No 2, I transcribed the slow central movement on the digital piano. This time however I decided to release a sequenced recording for all movements instead of waiting eons to produce a decent “live” recording. I’ll eventually release a sequenced version of Op 2 No 2’s Largo too, for consistency.
I assigned on purpose String Quartets Op. 2 No. 3 to 6 to project codes tbpt123 .. 126 since Op “2” No “3” –> tbpt1″2″”3″ and the ‘1’ could stand for “first set of String Quartets” ^^
All the better since this “planned” assignment does not “clash” with chronology.