- List of transcriptions of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach’s music has often been transcribed for other instruments.
*Bach himself was an inveterate transcriber of his works for other musical forces. For examples, consult the following articles:
Sonatas and partitas for solo violin
Violin Concerto in A minor (Bach)
Violin Concerto in E major (Bach)
Double Violin Concerto (Bach)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
*Working at the behest of
Gottfried van Swieten, Mozart arranged some of the fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier for string trio.
Ferruccio Busonimade a piano transcription of the chaconne from the Violin Partita in D minor, as did Brahms and others.
*"Ave Maria" by
Charles Gounodis based on the first prelude of the Well-Tempered Clavier.
*Romantic guitarist Tárrega transcribed a variety of Bach works, including his
Fuguefrom Violin Sonata No. 1.
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543and Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 for piano.
* Edward MacDowell (1860-1908) produced "Six Little Pieces after sketches by J. S. Bach" (1890) for piano solo.
20th century and later
Sergei Rachmaninoffmade a transcription of the violin partita in E major, BWV 1006, including the following movements: prelude, gavotte and gigue.
Leopold Stokowskimade a large number of transcriptions for full orchestra, including the Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ, which appeared in the movie Fantasia
Alexander Silotimade many piano transcriptions of Bach, most famously his Prelude in B minor based on Bach's Prelude in E minor BWV 855a.
Andrés Segoviawas famous for his playing arrangements of Bach works transcribed for classical guitar, such as his very difficult Chaconnefrom the Violin Partita in D minor.
*Schoenberg arranged for orchestra Bach's "St Anne" organ prelude and fugue in Eb major
* Webern arranged the
ricercarfrom " The Musical Offering" for orchestra.
Modern Jazz Quartetfrequently performed compositions of Bach as transcribed for the instruments of their ensemble.
*Violinists interested in
historically informed performance, notably Andrew Manze, have created "anti-transcriptions"; that is, reconstructed hypothetical original versions for violin, of the Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ.
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