original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Adagio for 2 Basset Horns and a Bassoon in F major KV 410
composition date: 1782? 1785?
transcription date: 2009 (November 1) ; 2010 (March 25 and August 30)
complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of the single movement
YouTube channel (embedded links below)
Uhm, so this was the first time I ventured transcribing something without listening to the original version.
I found this by chance while browsing the Neue Mozart Ausgabe (I hadn’t realized yet at the time that you could also listen to sample performances too, on the NMA site!) and decided to give it a try just for kicks (and for curiosity). At first I did a very straightforward version but it didn’t sound right at all, especially at “Adagio” speed, so I scrapped it. Next I tried to enrich the left hand with albertinian figurations, which led to this version. So the two horns are played by the right hand (remember that they are to be read in F major tonality although they are written in C) and the bassoon line was used as the outline to write the left hand. The end result is fairly different from the original.
Some years later I finally listened to a recording of the original and to my surprise it was played twice as fast or even more than “Adagio” (!). With that speed there’d be no need for an albertinian bass on the piano.