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Bach, Johann Sebastian Johann Sebastian Bach
Germany Germany
(1685 - 1750)
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Bach, Johann Sebastian: "Concerto after Vivaldi" for Harp

"Concerto after Vivaldi" for Harp
Johann Sebastian Bach

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Composer :Johann Sebastian BachBach, Johann Sebastian (1685 - 1750)
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Johann Sebastian BachMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
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Among the wealth of works composed during his Weimar period, J.S. Bach made 22 keyboard transcriptions of concertos by Italian and German composers: six for two keyboards and pedal (BWV 592?596) and sixteen for keyboard (BWV 972?987), the latter of which is this arrangement of BWV 972.

When J.S. Bach first got to know the music of Venetian maestro Antonio Vivaldi during the early 1710s or perhaps just a bit earlier, he was significantly impressed by his Italian colleague's flair and style, and skill. Young Duke Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar, the nephew of Bach's employer at the time, happened to have a taste for Italian instrumental music, so Bach took it upon himself to adapt several Italian (or Italianate) instrumental concertos -- mostly by Vivaldi, but some from Marcello, and even a bit of young Johann Ernst's own music -- for performance on harpsichord alone (there is also a corresponding and contemporaneous set of such adaptations for solo organ: BWV 592-597). In so doing he both pleased the Duke and began to absorb elements of the new Italian style into his own music-making. The first of the Vivaldi concerto transcriptions is the Concerto for keyboard No. 1 in D major, BWV 972, modeled upon Vivaldi's Concerto for four violins and continuo, Op. 3, No. 9 (RV230).

Like its source, BWV 972 is in three movements, fast-slow-fast. The first movement, which has no tempo indication but which would have immediately been recognized by contemporary players as an allegro. The following Largo (Larghetto in the Vivaldi, and also in some editions of the Bach) pulses with warm eighth notes from start to finish. The tuttis are made from these "simple," homophonic tones, but in the solo passages smaller and more flexible lines are drawn in and around this pulsation. The third movement is a dance-like 3/8 time Allegro.

Although originally written for keyboard, I created this arrangement for Concert (Pedal) Harp.
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Sheet central :16 concertos pour clavecin solo d'après divers compositeurs (71 sheet music)
Added by magataganm the 2012-07-13

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By cignemusic, at 09:31

good work!!
magataganm Owner , 02 Nov 2018 at 16:10
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