Busoni worked on his transcription of Bach’s Chaconne while living in Boston between and (Alamy Stock Photo). JS Bach’s. Such was my fascination with his playing of the Bach-Busoni Chaconne that I pestered him many times about his mercurial way of performing it. At best, he. “Her piano playing bears the mark of three great pianists who formed her and of whom she managed to create an improbable synthesis: the panache of Martha.

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Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4. Busoni matches their expressive gamut with directions ranging from dolce tranquillo to con fuoco animato as he finds pianistic equivalents for what could only be suggested on the violin.

The New Cassell’s Bbusoni Dictionary. Johann Sebastian Bach, Dinu Lipatti. Bach autograph, or a modern critical edition, to settle questions of interpretation especially in matters of phrasing and articulation. In turn, the pianist milks sustained lyrical diminuendos with ravishing pedal effects.

Note, for example, how powerful pedal points sonorously open up and gorgeously congeal without the slightest banging. Octaves are shifted as necessary for recorder in C.

Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr BWV The Tausig transcription of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV score is well known and sometimes still performed, but the Busoni version score over time has proved more popular. For the times, these were innovative, visionary precepts indeed.


Three versions are included, one each for treble, tenor and bass viol. In America he toured extensively and eventually produced his most ambitious Bach transcription yet: Busoni admitted that he had treated the musical material in much the same way as the organ works, although here he had expanded liberally a whirlwind of contrapunctal ideas that were only hinted at in the original.

Bach-Busoni Editions

Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 4. In Busoni began learning to play the piano while the family was living in Parisshortly before his fourth birthday.

Arranger Joachim Raff — First published chaconnf Rahter in A BiographyLondon: Where Cchaconne pushes forwards, Cherkassky lingers, sometimes to the point of fidgeting, yet he never makes an ugly sound.

Her generally rhapsodic approach embraces sudden shifts of voicing, changes in colour and oddball accents.

The Gramophone Collection: Busoni’s transcription of Bach’s Chaconne |

Bach himself, he says, was one of the most prolific arrangers of his own and others’ music. Creative Commons Attribution 4. A Long Way From Normal. The later editions also include free adaptations and original compositions by Busoni which are based on the music of Bach.

Arranger August Wilhelmj — The BG edition therefore contains occasional differences from the autograph.


The music of the Bach-Busoni editions is now in the public domain and has been selectively reissued by other publishers:. Lazar Berman at Carnegie Hall. He envisaged all his Bach transcriptions as an advanced school of pianoforte playing, and gave an ascending order of difficulty: Arranger Felix Mendelssohn — On a day in Mayhearing the organist of the Leipzig Thomaskirche play Bach ‘s Buzoni and Fugue in D, Frau Kathi Petri, mother of the great pianist and future Busoni “disciple,” Egon Petrisuggested to the young Busoni that he arrange it for piano; a week later, and without writing it down, he played it for her.


Introspection Gach Night Partying. Bach opens with an imposing, saraband-like theme which establishes at once a plane of high seriousness, to return in the middle of the piece, and again to round it off at the end — three mighty formal pillars — between which the Chaconne unfolds in some twenty-nine brief yet telling variations whose cumulative effect is a whelming splendor.

Violin Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

It was the combination of Dr. Sachiko Kawamura plays Goldberg.

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