[tbpt125] – L. Boccherini – String Quartet in E major Op 2 No 5 / G 163 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Luigi Boccherini’s String Quartet Op 2 No 5 in E major G 163

composition date: 1761

transcription date:

  • 3rd movement: 2013 (13 October)
  • 2nd movement: 2013 (13  October – 8 November)
  • 1st movement: 2013 (25 October – 3 November (except two (!) notes, changed on 8 November))

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 3 movements:

  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro assai


IMSLP.org work page (download mp3 / pdf score)


IMSLP.org work page (download mp3 / pdf score)

YouTube channel (embedded links below)


(for a general comment see String Quartet Op 2 No 3 / G 161)

Here again I transcribed the slow movement at the digital piano (“mostly”, not “entirely”), to sequence it later.

The “two(!)” changed notes mentioned above refer to an F# octave at the left hand in the first half of the first movement, that I had originally written at a certain pitch, then transposed one octave below and thought to be final on 3 November, then changed back again last minute on 8 November while producing the youtube videos. Looking at the score the correct way would be “lower” (3 November version) but listening / comparing to the original it doesn’t feel quite right as the “higher” version.

Later in the first movement there is a cool cello passage in tercets played at it highest pitch. In order to render on the piano the significance of the instrument playing near the highest limit of its pitch, I transcribed it even higher for the piano, just where it feels you are playing really high on the piano. I did this trick only in the first half: in the recapitulation, I transcribed at the same pitch the cello actually plays.

In the last movement I had a dilemma with the passage starting at [16]. At first I transposed the repeated F# s an octave higher, but then I couldn’t play the two bass notes F# – B, so I turned them back. Shows how much a sucker I am for bass notes.

See also

Boccherini piano transcriptions


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