J.S. Bach – Toccata and Fugue in d minor
Transcribed for solo violin by Stuart Carlson
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Stuart Carlson writes: “While studying Bach’s ‘Toccata and Fugue’ for organ, I was intrigued by the fact that many of the chords and motifs within it can be transitioned for performance on the violin. I later discovered that there is historical speculation that Bach may have composed this piece for solo violin.
Inspired by this, I used the urtext of the piece to create this arrangement. It is in the piece’s original key, and it is designed to transcribe the full and grand sound of the organ to the solo violin. This arrangement intentionally creates the true sound of Bach’s piece, while adding variation-like figures within the Fugue’s main theme – which is repeated throughout. These figures include sixteenth-note triplets, thirty-second notes, and additional double-stops. It was important to me to remain true to my sense of what Bach may have intended for this piece if played on a violin, while allowing my own musical and stylistic preferences to blend into this arrangement. I’d like to thank Lauren Keiser, Paul Schoenfeld, and Stephen Shipps for their help and support.”
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Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv presented the world premiere of Angel’s Touch in December, 2013. She says of the work; “Angel’s Touch embodies a child-like mysticism, exploring naivety, hope, and inner peace leading to enlightenment. Deliciously dark motifs are triumphed by happiness in the end. It is quite reflective of the composer’s own childhood in post-war and Soviet-occupied Ukraine. It is sprinkled with Ukrainian folklore elements from the Carpathian Mountains, also reminding me of my own childhood. As I premiered this work in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, I was overcome with the gravitas attached to this formidable piece of art. It will live on as a testament to human achievement.”
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