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#531930 - 04/29/05 08:18 PM For Piano - Bach choral music
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Leon Fleisher's latest CD entitled "Two Hands" begins with two J.S. Bach pieces: (1) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, and (2) Sheep May Safely Graze. Fleisher plays them beautifully. According to the liner notes: Number (1) is arranged by Myra Hess and number (2) is arranged by Egon Petri.

Can anyone suggest how I might go about getting these two beautiful arrangements of Bach's choral pieces for solo piano? My local music store said I might search on the internet, but I've not had any luck with that (I'm not exactly proficient in google search techniques).

Thanks for any advice.
Virgina (from Virginia)

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#531931 - 04/29/05 08:42 PM Re: For Piano - Bach choral music
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The first selection you mentioned comes from BWV 147, so here's a score of that cantata reduced for piano and voice. What you want starts on page 28...the vocal parts are still included, though.

BWV 147
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#531932 - 04/30/05 01:12 AM Re: For Piano - Bach choral music
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Here's the Hess transcription of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/store/smp_...e=Sheet%20Music

Here's the Petri transcription of "Sheep May Safely Graze."

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/store/smp_...e=Sheet%20Music
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#531933 - 04/30/05 01:27 AM Re: For Piano - Bach choral music
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I just pulled "Sheep May Safely Graze" out of storage last week to get it back into shape. Petri's is a very nice transcription. It's a great piece.

Virginia, check your PM box, if you would. \:\)

Bob

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#531934 - 04/30/05 07:10 AM Re: For Piano - Bach choral music
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I just asked about music for Bach chorales and here are some of the responses.

http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/2/7893.html
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#531935 - 04/30/05 09:34 AM Re: For Piano - Bach choral music
HappyGoLucky Offline
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Registered: 07/07/03
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Loc: Arlington, VA
Many thanks everyone !

Bruce D., thanks for that sheet music link (which I've added to my 'favorites'). I took the information from that link and called my local music store (I believe in supporting local music stores, no matter how small, because of what they do to support music in the elementary schools) and asked them to order both of the Hess and the Petri transcriptions for me.

RSVP - I sent you a reply to your private email.

Apple - Thanks for the added information from your link. The background on Petri from those forum members was very interesting. I especially appreciated the comment from Rich G. on your link... there is nothing like simple polyphony 'round midnight . . . .

Best regards and thanks again.
Virginia (from Virginia)

PS - I'm getting ready for a recital in June, and need something to "relax" me after hours of heavy-duty practicing! These two piano transcriptions should really answer the mail!

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#531936 - 04/30/05 08:34 PM Re: For Piano - Bach choral music
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Loc: Topeka, Kansas
Virginia, I didn't get either a pw PM or aol Email, BUT I did go get Fleishers CD! Listened to the little bit possible at Barnes & Nobel and decided to buy it.

I had forgotten this was the pianist who had muscular/nervous "cramping" of his right hand for 30 years and then was cured with the judicious use of Botox. Great story ... hope that doesn't sound too crass, I'm sure that phrase doesn't convey the real meaning.

Haven't listened to all if it, but really liked the Bach pieces. His "Sheep" is wonderful, the "tinkles" on top are so wistful they sound like they were recorded after he played the melody and then layered on. (Mine sound more like they're shooting the poor little wool-bags out of howitzers.)

Anyway you might have to try again on the PM thing. Or you can just put it in this thread, no biggie.


Bob

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#531937 - 05/01/05 07:34 PM Re: For Piano - Bach choral music
HappyGoLucky Offline
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Registered: 07/07/03
Posts: 295
Loc: Arlington, VA
Bob,

I tried, to send you a PM but it failed because your message box is "full"! sorry... Anyway, thanks for your offer -- but I've since ordered both transcriptions.

BTW, my piano technician recently tuned Leon Fleisher's piano when he was in DC. He said Mr. Fleisher is really a gentleman. Maestro Fleisher gave a free concert to the folks at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD who fixed him up after all those years when he was unable to play with one hand. And I agree with you -- his recording is really super (and very personal, too, I think).

Well, gotta get back to the Nationals v Mets ball game.

Virginia (from Virginia)

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#531938 - 05/02/05 05:29 AM Re: For Piano - Bach choral music
Rodolpho Portamento Fritzweil Offline
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Registered: 02/15/04
Posts: 340
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Originally posted by Virginia:


Can anyone suggest how I might go about getting these two beautiful arrangements of Bach's choral pieces for solo piano? [/b]
Yes. I can email you the Petri arrangement (PDF).
Send me your e-mail address and I will reply with the PDF file.

My address : raduf@writeme.com

I have some other tanscriptions of the same piece if you are interested

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#531939 - 05/02/05 08:04 PM Re: For Piano - Bach choral music
HappyGoLucky Offline
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Registered: 07/07/03
Posts: 295
Loc: Arlington, VA
Dear Rodolpho -- Many thanks for your kindness and offer. I already ordered these two transcriptions from my local music store. The cost was not significant (and it pleases me to support my small local music store).

But your kind offer touched me, and I thank you.

Virgnia (from Virginia)

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#531940 - 05/03/05 01:30 AM Re: For Piano - Bach choral music
Rodolpho Portamento Fritzweil Offline
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Originally posted by Virginia:
But your kind offer touched me, and I thank you.

Virgnia (from Virginia) [/b]
Actually I have quite a few "versions" of the "Sheep may..." - different levels of "difficulty". I got them from an Australian guy who posts on RMMP.

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