MAX ZUCKERMAN

PARTITA NO. 1
(J.S. BACH)


MAX ZUCKERMAN ON J.S. BACH'S PARTITA NO. 1:

"The music of J. S. Bach translates well to nearly every instrument. From the keyboard to orchestral instruments, to voiceand even percussion, Bach's compositions seem to adapt themselves well to any instrument. In the halls of any given conservatory, one can hear a double bass player practicing a cello suite, a jazz saxophonist practicing a flute sonata or even a marimba player working out the first chords to the Chaconne. That being said, I have always particularly loved the sound of Bach on the guitar. Like piano, guitar shares a similar style of articulation that suits his music well. Many guitarists over the years have championed Bach's music. However, due to the technical constraints of the instrument, most guitarist have limited their Bach transcriptions to pieces written for cello, violin and lute and have seldom attempted transcribing his works for keyboard. There were simply too many notes! I am the first to acknowledge that any guitarist could easily spend a lifetime exploring our existing Bach repertoire alone, but for many years I couldn't help but wonder if there were more possibilities. Luckily performers such as Tilman Hoppstock, David Tanenbaum, and others showed us that the world of Bach's keyboard music is not entirely off limits to us guitarist. It was with much joy and frustration that I went about making this transcription and I hope that you enjoy it."

 
 

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