Piano Music - Bach Transcriptions

Piano Transcriptions of Bach's Music

📖 "It is impossible to know exactly when the first transcriptions were made; in a sense a prehistoric tune played on a primitive pipe was a transcription from the human voice. Transcriptions are a natural evolutionary process. As new instruments were invented and developed, composers naturally took advantage of their new colours and ranges, readapting their works and those of others. With the modern piano being the single most versatile instrument in Western European music, it is understandable that we probably have more transcriptions for it than for any other instrument.
Transcription is a time-honoured art. Its tradition flourished under J. S Bach, continued with Liszt, Busoni, and Ravel, and even lives today. There was never a recital by a great virtuoso that did not feature some transcriptions, especially of Bach … . In fact, earlier in this century, and especially in the nineteenth century, important artists performed transcriptions of all sorts on their programs, and critics and the public unquestioningly accepted the practice. The piano transcription contributed a great deal to the musical life of the Romantic era and has been a significant factor in developing the full potential of the piano."
Maurice Hinson The Pianist's Guide to Transcriptions, Arrangements, and Paraphrases (1990)

Bach Transcriptions - Some Recordings

Bach-Busoni Chaconne D Minor 
Ferruccio Busoni, piano

Bach-Busoni Choralvorspiel (Choral Prelude) Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein (recorded in 1922)
Ferruccio Busoni, piano

Toccata and Fugue In D Minor, BWV 538 (transcribed)
Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler, piano

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