[tbpt46] – J. Haydn – String Quartet in G minor Op 74 No 3 ‘Horseman’ (Hob.III:74) – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op 74 No 3 ‘Horseman’ (Hob.III:74) in G minor

composition date: 1793

transcription date: 2010 (June 02 – November 01)

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

  1. Allegro
  2. Largo assai
  3. Menuetto. Allegretto
  4. Finale. Allegro con brio

Score

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

Recordings

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

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

This quartet’s nickname (sometimes also called “Rider”) stems from the fourth movement’s first theme rhytmic pattern, I guess… but then also the first theme in the first movement could apply there.

The quartet is officially in G minor but if you consider the time ratio, most of the time the piece is in major mode – e.g. minor mode is mostly a façade, there are no moments that are truly moody or sad.

The Largo is actually in E major (a key “far” from G minor). I transcribed it at the digital piano and then ported it on the computer. I like it a lot but I’m especially proud of how its last bars turned out (I really dig that last low E, it gives me goosebumps everytime 🙂 it must be played pp but with “tre corde” pedal ) The accelerando in the middle section is a liberty I took while playing.

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Haydn piano transcriptions

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[tbpt60] – A. Vivaldi – Violin Concerto in E major Op 8 No 1 / RV 269 ‘La Primavera’ (Quattro Stagioni) (‘Spring’, of the “Four Seasons” cycle) – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Antonio Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in E major Op 8 No 1 / RV 269 ‘La Primavera’ (Quattro Stagioni) (‘Spring’, of the “Four Seasons” cycle)

composition date: 1723

transcription date: 2011 (April 29, 30)

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 3 movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Largo
  3. Allegro

Score

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

Recordings

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

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

In Spring 2011 I decided to embark a most ambitious project: the complete piano solo transcription of Vivaldi’s Quattro Stagioni (Four Seasons). At the very beginning I was mostly spurred by the “Estate”, and actually that’s the first concert of the four that I started transcribing, but I soon switched to Primavera, and (I still can’t believe it) completed it in a couple of days.

I went all out in this project, pouring in all my techniques, all my musical art. I couldn’t/didn’t devote all my time, though. Every time I completed a concerto the significance I perceived in the accomplished feat made the next target seem bigger and tougher, making me hesitant to approach it. Not to mention that the closer I grew to complete a concerto the more a stickler for details I became. Over time my perception of the project’s significance in my transcribing endeavours became bigger and bigger, up to the point where it became the lifetime’s work, so I wanted to make it as best as I could.

The idea was to transcribe each Concerto during its own Season and complete the whole project within a year. I manage to complete it within the assigned year, but not always following the seasons. “Spring” (this one) was indeed transcribed during Spring, but I started “Summer” in Spring and completed it in Autumn. I transcribed “Winter” during the coldest period of Winter, but I had skipped “Autumn”, that I later started and finished before next Spring came.

Project codes were assigned in advance as multiples of 10: tbpt60 – Spring; tbpt70 – Summer; tbpt80 – Autumn; tbpt90 – Winter, so that I later found myself, inevitably, with plenty of “open slots” to fill between them.

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

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Vivaldi piano transcriptions

[tbpt97] – W. A. Mozart – Canon “Heiterkeit und Leichtes Blut” (3 voices) in F major KV 507 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Canon “Heiterkeit und Leichtes Blut” (3 voices) in F major KV 507

composition date: 1786

transcription date: 2012 (September 08)

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

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

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Mozart piano transcriptions

[tbpt66] – J. Haydn – String Quartet in G major Op 33 No 5 (Hob.III:41) – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op 33 No 5 (Hob.III:41) in G major

composition date: 1781

transcription date: 2011

  • 1st mvt.: April 26 – July 22
  • 2nd mvt.: August 11 – November 05
  • 3rd mvt.: August 10 – 11
  • 4rd mvt.: October 08 – November 05

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

  1. Vivace assai
  2. Largo. Cantabile
  3. Scherzo. Allegro
  4. Finale. Allegretto

Score

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

Recordings

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

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

Transposed in A flat major, because it sounds even better 🙂

The YouTube videos are the transposed version; on IMSLP you can find both the transposed version (in Ab) and the original tonality (in G).

My reference interpretation (as you could guess from the short cadenza of the first movement): by Quatuour Mosaiques.

I fail to understand why the most beautiful quartets either don’t get a nickname or get a lame one… I mean this quartet is so overflowing with joy, it’s a love confession to someone, how could they come up with just “how do you do?” as a nickname? Talk about an understatement…

If I could pick a title for it, I’d call it “Love Letter”.

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Haydn piano transcriptions

[tbpt95] – W. A. Mozart – (Double) Canon “Ach! zu kurz” (4 voices) in F major KV 228/515b – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s (Double) Canon “Ach! zu kurz” (4 voices) in F major KV 228 / 515b

composition date: 1787 (April 24)

transcription date: 2012 (September 8)

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

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

Find the extra “flat” in my transcription! There is a note that is written ‘natural’ in the original that I ‘flatted’ in my transcription because it sounded so much better to me.

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Mozart piano transcriptions

[tbpt94] – W. A. Mozart – Symphony Menuet for Orchestra in C major KV 409 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony Menuet in C major KV 409

composition date: 1782

transcription date: 2012 (September 02)

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

This is a short episode in the “Mozart Symphonies” series, not the “Mozart Dances for Orchestra” one: as we learn from IMSLP and elsewhere, this was an alternate movement for Symphony KV 338.

I though I was in for a freebie when I chose this one-movment work but I turned out wrong, it wasn’t easy at all to work on with all those voices.

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Mozart piano transcriptions

[tbpt93] – F. Schubert – ‘Quartettsatz’ (String Quartet No.12) in C minor D 703 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Franz Schubert’s ‘Quartettsatz’ (String Quartet No.12) in C minor D 703

composition date: 1820

transcription date: 2012 (July 04 – 07)

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

I discovered this one-movement quartet by chance through a YouTube video; I remember it was the name “Quartettsatz” that first caught my attention.

‘Quartettsatz’ simply means “quartet movement”. It is a one-movement string quartet, or the first movement of an unfinished quartet, that is counted as No.12 in Schubert’s works catalog.

It is a stormy and lyrical work at the same time, full of dynamic contrasts. The choice of C minor makes me think that Schubert was once again chasing Beethoven’s shadow, but then he wasn’t satisfied with the result and didn’t complete the quartet. The only completed first movement however is so wholesome that it can stand alone without any problem. Modern composers, me included, wouldn’t hesitate to mark “complete” a work like this. If Beethoven was for Schubert a giant to admire and pursue, what should be said of us, for whom Schubert is another, unattainable giant?

I soon wanted to transcribe this piece but I was stuck after taking a look at the score: how was I supposed to transcribe the two middle lines (violin II and viola) of the theme that first appears in A flat, at once for the piano? After brooding on some time a solution ‘clicked’ in my head: who said I had to use all those notes? I could simply take half from one and carry on with the second half of the other one (or viceversa), making it one accompaniment line, fairly natural for the piano to boot. I tried it and it worked even better than I had imaged.

The other challenges of course were the clusters of rapidly repeated notes, so prominent in Schubert’s quartets, but I already had a solution for those; I just had to fine tune the dynamic contrasts effectively.

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Schubert piano transcriptions