original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Adagio for 2 Clarinets and 3 Basset Horns in B flat major KV 411
composition date: 1783-84
transcription date: 2011 (August 11 – November 26)
complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of the single movement
YouTube channel (embedded links below)
I transcribed this on the digital piano, playing it myself, then ported the handwritten score to the computer to produce a digital performance (since I suck as a player).
The biggest obstacle here was not the number of voices but the scoring of them: none is scored for the actual key. The clarinets are written in C and marked “in Si b / B” (that is: read two half-tones below) and the basset horns are scored on the dominant (F). I remember I printed out the score and then marked “-2 st” for the clarinets and “+5 st” for the basset horns as a reading help. “st” is one of the shorthands I use, it stands for “semitono” that is “half-tone” in Italian. Prefixed with a “+ number” or “- number” it tells me how many halftones above or below I have to transpose. I have been using this shorthand for as long as I can remember.