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Concerto in A Minor (Bach)

“Allegro” from Concerto for 4 Harpsichords & Strings (BWV 1065) mallet sextet from “Bach on Wood”
Level: Med-Advanced
Duration: 2:30
Personnel: 6 players
State Lists: Indiana | Florida | Texas
Release Date: 2009
Delivery Method: Physical
Product ID : TSPCE-31
Price: $35.00
Item #: TSPCE-31

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All percussion sounds used in this recording were generated from Virtual Drumline software also by Tapspace.


Description

Harpsichord concerti were written throughout the Baroque era, particularly by J.S. Bach. However, this Allegro from Bach’s Concerto for 4 Harpsichords & Strings (BWV 1065) is based on Vivaldi’s Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor (RV 580). For one composer to “borrow” material from another during Bach’s time was considered a flattering gesture.

Mallet instruments have much in common with the attack and decay properties of harpsichords, making arrangements such as this a natural choice. Brian Slawson’s orchestrations bring this piece to life, and it will make an excellent addition to the repertoire of any percussion ensemble wishing to highlight a Baroque selection for mallet instruments.

This arrangement of Concerto in A Minor has been heard worldwide on the popular CD Bach on Wood, which helped garner Brian Slawson a Grammy nomination for “Best New Classical Artist.

This piece comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts available for printing.

Instrumentation

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • Vibraphone
  • 3 marimbas*—(2) 4-octave, (1) low A

*Two marimba players can also share a low A marimba if instruments are limited.

Description

Harpsichord concerti were written throughout the Baroque era, particularly by J.S. Bach. However, this Allegro from Bach’s Concerto for 4 Harpsichords & Strings (BWV 1065) is based on Vivaldi’s Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor (RV 580). For one composer to “borrow” material from another during Bach’s time was considered a flattering gesture.

Mallet instruments have much in common with the attack and decay properties of harpsichords, making arrangements such as this a natural choice. Brian Slawson’s orchestrations bring this piece to life, and it will make an excellent addition to the repertoire of any percussion ensemble wishing to highlight a Baroque selection for mallet instruments.

This arrangement of Concerto in A Minor has been heard worldwide on the popular CD Bach on Wood, which helped garner Brian Slawson a Grammy nomination for “Best New Classical Artist.

This piece comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts available for printing.

Instrumentation

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • Vibraphone
  • 3 marimbas*—(2) 4-octave, (1) low A

*Two marimba players can also share a low A marimba if instruments are limited.


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