Bach and transcriptions

1:32 PM at GVSU 

I haven’t blogged for a couple of days. I have been spending a lot of time reading up on China and practicing organ.

I have been playing Bach transcriptions of Vivaldi and Prinz concertos. I like these pieces. I seem to be attracted to music that has energy and is kind of obvious. I was feeling guilty yesterday a bit and added the prelude of the Bach  C major 9/8 Prelude. also nice music of course.

I am playing one of the Schubler chorales for my prelude on Sunday: Wer nur den lieben Gott BWV 647. We are singing the tune as the closing hymn: “If thou but suffer God to guide you.” (I’m going to do a postlude based on the same chorale by Walther. )

Some organists sort of look down on the Schubler chorales because Bach transcribed them from cantata movements. I actually like them quite a bit and play some other modern transcriptions of Cantata movements. But I admit that practicing the Schubler chorales and the Bach versions of Baroque concertos made me feel like I should add some “real”  music by Bach to my rehearsals.

Hence the C major 9/8 Prelude.

Whippy skippy.

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