Favourite transcribed work

February 16, 2021, 10:18 AM · Hi all,
What would be your favourite transcribed work for your instrument (or in general)? Can be to work on or just listen to. Mine is arpeggione sonata for viola

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February 16, 2021, 11:22 AM · Right now, I have a bug for this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-10F3fNEEg
February 16, 2021, 11:32 AM · Not sure about my favourite, but I am currently looking at various baroque flute pieces but played on violin (which isn't my original idea but I think it works really well). I've looked through the Telemann Fantasias which are wonderful pieces, and also starting to play the Bach Flute Partita. Here was yesterday's effort.
February 16, 2021, 12:16 PM · Pictures at an Exhibition. The original piano piece is still my favorite though.
Edited: February 16, 2021, 1:15 PM · Vladimir Horowitz's transcription of "Stars and Stripes Forever" is on the same level as the epic Rachmaninoff transcriptions. I read somewhere that Horowitz decided to never share the music with anyone because he was annoyed that people were coming to his recitals just to her this one piece.

But others have transcribed it from the available recordings (which is a pretty unbelievable undertaking), and here's a nice version on YouTube:


February 17, 2021, 5:47 AM · I like the violin versions Kreisler made of Chopin nocturnes. I also really like the orchestration of Debussy's Petite Suite by Henri B├╝sser. Just two examples.
Edited: February 17, 2021, 6:43 AM · Not sure. Typically a lot of Spanish composers wrote for piano, not guitar, and the guitar versions are transcriptions without people realising.

Liszt transcribed Beethoven's 6th symphony for piano.

Edited: February 17, 2021, 12:06 PM · Continuing the Spanish theme - Albeniz Tango arranged by Dushkin (I prefer it to the Kreisler arrangement).
And more Horowitz - in reflective mood, his transcription of Schubert's Serenade (Standchen?) is absolutely magical when he plays it. I love the Stars and Stripes as well - about as OTT as you can get!
February 17, 2021, 12:47 PM · For my instrument: Brahms E-flat clarinet sonata transcribed for viola. Also the Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia (transcribed for violin and viola).

Generally: Pictures at an Exhibition, and Carlos Chavez's orchestration of the Buxtehude E minor chaconne.

February 17, 2021, 1:30 PM · I agree with the Brahms clarinet sonata! Such a lovely piece.

Also the Franck violin sonata - in the transcription for cello.

February 17, 2021, 1:34 PM · I love the de Falla Suite Populaire Espagnol, transcribed for fiddle. Originally songs. The sixth movement is a particular fave (Jota) - lots of Flamenco-like guitar plucking.
February 17, 2021, 2:53 PM · Some good choices everyone

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