original piano transcription of Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op 64 No 5 ‘Lark’ (Hob.III:63) in D major
composition date: 1790? 1792?
transcription date: 2009 (October 24 – November 07)
complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 4 movements:
- Allegro moderato
- Adagio cantabile
- Menuetto. Allegretto
- Finale. Vivace
YouTube channel (embedded links below)
My first transcribed String Quartet and my first Haydn transcription; this was also the first quartet I had listened and “learned” entirely.
The movement that spurred me to transcription was the whirlish Finale. And then I thought, might as well challenge the whole quartet! I was pretty excited, at the time, to complete this and set on to do a second one (see tbpt37); in hindsight, I think the movement with the best result is the third, as some immaturity (mainly in fine-tuning velocity etc.) is less prominent than in the others.
I learned later on that the final movement had already been transcribed by Alkan. Had I known this before, maybe I wouldn’t have tackled the transcription myself… so I’m glad I found out when it was too late!