qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

Bach to Basics

I am now the proud owner of a copy of Bach's The Bad-Tempered Clavier (Book 1) and Busoni's piano transcription of the Toccata and Fugue (BWV565). I am most impressed by the quality of the transcription, which I heard on Radio 3 a few weeks ago. The layout of the notes seems bizarre in one or two octave passages ... until I realised that the octaves are sometimes shared between both hands, which improves the legato quality of the music enormously. Over time I hope my playing of the piece will improve likewise. Congratulations to Mr Busoni, though from the preface I don't think his ego needed any boosting anyway.
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