[tbpt104] – W. A. Mozart – Canon “Wo der perlende Wein im Glase blinkt” (6 voices) in D major KV 347 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Canon “Wo der perlende Wein im Glase blinkt” (6 voices) in D major KV 347

composition date: 1784-5

transcription date: 2012 (December 25)

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

[tbpt34] – J. Haydn – String Quartet in D major Op 64 No 5 ‘Lark’ (Hob.III:63) – piano transcription

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:

  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Adagio cantabile
  3. Menuetto. Allegretto
  4. Finale. Vivace

Score

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

Recordings

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

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

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!

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Haydn piano transcriptions

[tbpt44] – J. Haydn – String Quartet in D major Op 20 ‘Sun’ No 4 (Hob.III:34) – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op 20 ‘Sun’ No 4 (Hob.III:34) in D major

composition date: 1771

transcription date: 2010

  • 1st mvt.: July 24 – October 23
  • 2nd mvt.: June 26 – July 24 (revised 2011, October 08)
  • 3rd mvt.: May 02 (revised 2011, October 08)
  • 4rd mvt.: June 26

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

  1. Allegro di molto
  2. Un poco Adagio affettuoso
  3. Menuetto. Allegretto alla zingarese
  4. Presto scherzando

Score

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

Recordings

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

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

The YouTube videos are the first version of all movements: I revised/improved the second (Adagio) and third (Menuetto) movements one year later; on IMSLP you can find the revised versions. The second movement was mostly transcribed at the piano (except VAR.II) and then ported on the computer. Someday I’ll upload the revised versions on YouTube as well.

If you’re easily moved, be sure to have your handkerchief ready for the second movement.

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Haydn piano transcriptions

[tbpt53] – L. van Beethoven – Fugue for String Quintet in D major Op 137 – piano transcription

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

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 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).

Trivia

Note that this is a much earlier work than the opus number suggests.

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Beethoven piano transcriptions

[tbpt77] – J. Offenbach – “Can Can” (‘Galop infernal’ from ‘Orphée aux Enfers’) – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Jacques Offenbach’s famous “Can Can” in D major – the ‘Galop infernal’ from the play ‘Orphée aux Enfers’

composition date: 1858

transcription date: 2011 (October 16 – 31)

complete piano solo transcription / arrangement (of this scene) with composed ending

Score

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

Recordings

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

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

My own version for piano, with a few liberties here and there.

The score I found did not match the recording I was using as reference in the finale, so I just rolled up my composer’s sleeves.

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other piano transcriptions

[tbpt75] – A. Borodin – Scherzo from String Quartet No.2 in D major – piano transcription

original piano transcription of the Scherzo from Alexsandr Borodin’s String Quartet No.2 in D major

composition date: 1881

transcription date: 2011 (October 14 – 16)

partial piano solo transcription / arrangement, including only the Scherzo 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

Much like project [tbpt57] I wasn’t ready to transcribe the whole quartet but I liked the work and wanted to do at least part of it, so I chose the Scherzo. Also I found out the Nocturne has already been transcribed and available on YouTube so there was no need for me to reinvent the wheel. I also found the Allegro transcribed for piano on IMSLP but it is incomplete – it’s a reduction, more than a transcription.

Trivia

Projects tbpt57 and tbpt75 (5 – 7 <-> 7 – 5) are both Scherzo movements from String Quartets.

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other piano transcriptions

[tbpt48] – J. Strauss elder – Radetzky Marsch in D major Op 228 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Johann Strauss the elder’s “Radetzky Marsch” Op.228 (the well-known “New Year” piece) in D major for orchestra

composition date: ?

transcription date: 2010 (June 02 – 03)

complete piano transcription / arrangement (single movement composition)

Score

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

Recordings

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

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

Transcribed totally off-season (in June!!), but I felt like it so I did it!

I knew a lot of confusion would arise by using that “orchestral-piano” score in the video but that was also the only one I had at the time, and the one I used to base my transcription on.  So for the umpteenth time, the score in the video is not my transcription: it is an orchestral score merged and shorthanded. My transcription is not a literal sequencing of it, but that should be farily obvious by listening.

That said, enjoy!

Trivia

Op.228 –> 22|8 –> 2+2|8 –> 48 –> tbpt48 ^^

There is a liberty in the first part (last bar of the first page in the video) where the right hand plays “A” instead of “E”, because that’s how I’ve always “internally heard” it.

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other piano transcriptions