original piano transcription of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fugue for String Quintet in D major Op. 137
composition date: 1817
transcription date: 2010 (September 17 – 23)
complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of the single movement
YouTube channel (embedded links below)
I did this because I really like it but also as a challenge since it’s so non-pianistic.
It’s physically impossible to play all the original 5 voices on a single piano with two hands, so I had to cut down quite a few notes – something that I managed to avoid in the Haydn fugues I transcribed so far. Then I had to do several “wiping and coating” runs to smooth off the most awkward passages, simplyfying, transposing, cutting more notes. Still you’d need to reach the tenth on both hands to play this without resorting to arpeggios.
If you like my rendition please listen to the original, it’s so beautiful!! There are some incredible chords in the last page and the finale is just so… even if it ends on a traditional dominant 7th-1st, it feels ecstatic as in Scriabin’s middle period writing. For those interested, my reference recording was the one on Brilliant Classics (Complete String Quintets).
Note that this is a much earlier work than the opus number suggests.