[tbpt105] – W. A. Mozart – Canon “Grechtelt’s enk” (4 voices) in G major KV 556 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Canon “Grechtelt’s enk” (4 voices) in G major KV556

composition date: 1788 (September 02)

transcription date: 2012 (December 16)

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

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[tbpt103] – W. A. Mozart – Canon “Lieber Freistädtler, lieber Gaulimauli” (4 voices) in G major KV 232 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Canon “Lieber Freistädtler, lieber Gaulimauli” (4 voices) in G major KV 232

composition date: 1787 (July 04)

transcription date: 2012 (December 21)

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

[tbpt64] – W. A. Mozart – Kyrie in G major KV 89 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Kyrie in G major KV 89

composition date: 1770 or 1772

transcription date: 2011 (July 02 – 09)

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 actually a five-voice canon with three themes. Each theme is repeated with a two-bar shift between the voices but always at the same pitch. Obviously you can’t do this on the piano so I resorted to octave transposing, with some liberties… the score in the video will only show the beginning of the three sections, and the ending (get the full original score from the Neue Mozart Ausgabe). For a recording of the original, I recommend the Vocaloid girls one you can find on YouTube (CYPLvZ1HrOI) 🙂 that’s also the recording I found by chance and the one that made me discover and want to transcribe this piece.

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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

[tbpt67] – J. Haydn – String Quartet in G major Op 76 No 1 (Hob.III:75) – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op 76 No 1 (Hob.III:75) in G major

composition date: 1796-97

transcription date: 2011

  • 1st mvt.: August 28
  • 2nd mvt.: August 14 – December 10
  • 3rd mvt.: July 22
  • 4rd mvt.: August 29 – September 06

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

  1. Allegro con spirito
  2. Adagio sostenuto
  3. Menuetto. Presto
  4. Allegro ma non troppo

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 one is hardly known as the other “titled” ones in the same opus, but I liked it so I did it.

The second movement was partially transcribed at the piano, while the third movement was the first to be completed because the easiest and shortest, to quickly provide a placeholder for the project – most shameful reason.

My favorite movement is no doubt the last one, though. It starts in G minor with a putting off, jarring theme, but after that great rewards await the trusting listener.

For those interested, my recommended/reference recording for all the Opus 76 quartets is the performance by Quatuor Mosaiques.

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Haydn piano transcriptions

[tbpt78] – L. van Beethoven – “Der Mann vom Wort” (lieder in G major) Op 99 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Lieder “Der Mann vom Wort” in G major Op. 99

composition date: 1816

transcription date: 2011 (November 19)

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 one was done partly out of curiosity (I had never listened to the original and wanted to hear what it sounded like) and partly as a filler for the tbpt78 slot. So this is one of the transcriptions I did without knowing / listening to the original first. Allegedly I don’t know what the lyrics mean, either – I looked up only the title.

The original repeats the same music five times with different lyrics while I stopped at three; every repetition is transcribed as a (simple) variation.

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Beethoven piano transcriptions

[tbpt22] – W. A. Mozart – “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” (Serenade) in G major KV 525 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade for Strings in G major KV 525 “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”

composition date: 1787

transcription date: 2009 (September 04, 05)

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

  1. Allegro
  2. Romanze: Andante
  3. Menuetto: Allegretto
  4. Rondo: Allegro

Score

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

Recordings

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

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

As with Divertimento KV 136, I used another synth piano timbre because I felt it fit more with the piece.

I got the idea of transcribing this while listening to the excerpts from the Allegro played (in intercom) on board of a Ry*nA*r flight, waiting to take off. But, I had to wait to get back from that trip which lasted about two weeks. When I finally got to it, I breezed and completed it over the course of a weekend. ‘Twas the period when I was at the most eager for hits on my channel.

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Mozart piano transcriptions