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An Ersatz Concerto (sort of) on an Ersatz Harpsichord (definitely)

For the recessional of my daughter’s wedding, I played a movement from a harpsichord concerto, sort of…

J.S. Bach had great admiration for other great composers like Vivaldi, Graun, and Albinoni. He learned about their music from scores, and in a few cases, made transcriptions of their music.

The piece I played was originally a violin concerto in E by Vivaldi. It was transcribed for harpsichord in C by Bach as a solo work. I then wrote new orchestra parts ad did some rearranging of the keyboard part to refashion a concerto.

Mozart’s first four piano concerti of his twenty seven total, are similarly arrangements of another composer’s sonatas.

As an exercise, I really learned a lot about both Bach and Vivaldi. As a present for Ashley and Justin, I will never forget the moment.


An Ersatz Concerto (sort of) on an Ersatz Harpsichord (definitely)

August 8, 2011 , , , , , ,

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