original piano transcription of Luigi Boccherini’s String Quartet Op 2 No 5 in E major G 163
composition date: 1761
- 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:
- Allegro moderato
- Allegro assai
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 . 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.