[tbpt85] – W. A. Mozart – 3 Menuets for Orchestra KV 363 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 3 Menuets for Orchestra KV 363

composition date: 1783

transcription date: 2012 (April 30)

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 3 pieces

Score

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

Recordings

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Comment

Continuing our journey through Mozart’s Dances for Orchestra, here is one a small and delightful set of menuets.

The YouTube video features all three pieces in one video. On IMSLP you can stream and download individual mp3 files.

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Mozart piano transcriptions

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[tbpt84] – W. A. Mozart – Canon “Alleluja” (4 voices) in C major KV 553 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Canon “Alleluja” in C major KV 553

composition date: 1788 (September 2)

transcription date: 2012 (April 30)

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of the single movement

Score

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

Recordings

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YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

(See general note on “Mozart Canons” in post KV 555)

This is one of two canons with a religious text.

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Mozart piano transcriptions

[tbpt83] – W. A. Mozart – Canon “Ave Maria” (4 voices) in F major KV 554 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Canon “Ave Maria” in F major KV 554

composition date: 1788 (September 2)

transcription date: 2012 (April 30)

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of the single movement

Score

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

Recordings

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YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

(See general note on “Mozart Canons” in post KV 555)

This is one of two canons with a religious text.

In this case I had to fill up the left hand with some extra notes since the main trick described in KV 555 wasn’t enough to procure a decent bass line in the first part.

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[tbpt82] – W. A. Mozart – Canon “Lacrimoso son io” (4 voices) in A minor KV 555 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Canon “Lacrimoso son io” in A minor KV 555

composition date: 1788 (September 2)

transcription date: 2012 (April 30)

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of the single movement

Score

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

Recordings

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

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

Starting with the three canons KV 555, 554, 553 I eventually transcribed all the complete Canons by Mozart. I had already done the KV 89 before but I still hadn’t considered at the time to do all the others as well.

In case you don’t know, the basic principle in a Canon is to work with only a melody line / theme and repeat it across multiple voices, shifted in time. In this piece for example there are four voices. The theme is started by the first voice, followed by the second voice 4 bars later, then the third voice which starts 4 more bars later, and finally the fourth voice even 4 more bars later. Now starting where all voices are at work, begins a “repeat”: in fact what follows could be repeated endlessly as there is no definite “ending” in the original.

The number of voices varies from piece to piece: in Mozart the minimum is 2 voices, with a maximum of 12(!) voices.

All voices play the exact same theme, at the same pitch, and at a certain point you don’t know anymore who’s playing what: the same melody works both as main line and accompaniment of itself.

To transcribe that for the piano I couldn’t simply splatter all voices together at the same pitch as in the original: that wouldn’t be pianistic at all, it would sound incomplete and sketchy – possibly even spooky. So I tried this: I transposed the second and fourth voice one octave below, assigning them to the left hand, while the first and third stayed at their original pitch, for the right. I never changed the moment when the voices start. With this simple trick, I achieved a more pianistic distribution of the notes between the hands. It’s not the only solution possibile: the same trick can be used in various ways. In fact I applied it more or less in all the other canons, in various flavors.

Another task I had to do for every canon was to choose a cut-off point and compose an ending, since there isn’t any ending in the original. I also chose freely across the various canons how much times to play the repeat part and also if / how to variate the repeats.

I didn’t transcribe the Canons that are known for sure today to be “not by Mozart”, although they are present in the Kochel catalog.

Mozart used various languages and text sources for his Canons, sometimes writing the text himself. The content ranges from serious, even religious, to comical and raunchy. In this case the text is in Italian and it says “Lacrimoso son io / perduto ho l’idol mio”, which roughly translates to “I’m full of tears, I’ve lost my beloved”. This is poetic / operatic / courtly Italian, no one today would use “lacrimoso” to mean “sad” nor “idolo” to refer to one’s beloved. I bet you thought “idol” referred to a singing and dancing schoolgirl, didn’t you? 🙂

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[tbpt89] – W. A. Mozart – 6 Landlerische Tanze for Orchestra KV 606 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 6 Ländlerische Tänze for Orchestra KV 606

composition date: 1791

transcription date: 2012 (January 22)

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 6 pieces

Score

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

Recordings

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Comment

Continuing our journey through Mozart’s Dances for Orchestra, here is one of the most charming sets.

The YouTube video features all six pieces in one video. On IMSLP you can stream and download individual mp3 files.

Trivia

All 6 pieces are in the same key of B flat major.

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[tbpt40] – J. Haydn – String Quartet in A major Op 20 ‘Sun’ No 6 (Hob.III:36) – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op 20 ‘Sun’ No 6 (Hob.III:36) in A major

composition date: 1771

transcription date: 2010 (January 17 – March 21)

  • 1st mvt.: January 31
  • 2nd mvt.: March 14 – 21
  • 3rd mvt.: January 17
  • 4rd mvt.: February 28 – March 21

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 4 movements:

  1. Allegro di molto e Scherzando
  2. Adagio. Cantabile
  3. Menuetto. Allegretto
  4. Fuga a 3 Soggetti. Allegro

Score

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Recordings

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Comment

This is my top favorite of the set, hands down – and of course that’s why it’s the first I transcribed. It is also the happiest one, the sunniest one, without any major clouds… which may be the reason why some critics deem it “inferior” or “a step back” from the others, although I don’t understand them. (Yeah I know the “Sun” in the title is just an ex post derived from a picture on the original cover or something)

I mean, check out the finale: it is a wonderful fugue, so beautiful and so serene. And if it wasn’t enough, in the last page Haydn treats us with a cherry on top: a “rovescio” variation of the themes. It takes more than skill to write such stuff and make it sound so good: it takes a true Master. My all time favorite fugue!

Trivia

The Menuetto was the first piece I completely transcribed on the piano instead than on the computer – actually I still only had a keyboard at the time; a true digital piano would have entered the scene a few weeks later.

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[tbpt50] – J. Haydn – String Quartet in F minor Op 20 ‘Sun’ No 5 (Hob.III:35) – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op 20 ‘Sun’ No 5 (Hob.III:35) in F minor

composition date: 1771

transcription date: 2010 (July 08 – 18)

  • 1st mvt.: July 08 – 16
  • 2nd mvt.: July 16 – 17
  • 3rd mvt.: July 16 – 18
  • 4rd mvt.: July 17

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 4 movements:

  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Menuetto
  3. Adagio
  4. Finale. Fuga a due soggetti

Score

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Recordings

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

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

There isn’t much “sunny” mood here, except the tender Adagio and a few brief spots in the first movement. If you are looking for truly “sunny” quartets try the Op.33 No.5 or the Op.54 No.1.

Among the Fugue movements in the Opus 20 (three out of six quartets in this set end with a fugue) this is perhaps the easiest one (!).

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Haydn piano transcriptions