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BACH keeps it green - continued

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Bach Re-invented

All things considered, the whole "Bach transcription" phenomenon is a much more recent thing - mainly from the 19th to 20th centuries. Let me point out a handful of examples.

Sir Edward Elgar's orchestration of the Prelude (Fantasy) and Fugue, in C minor for organ, BWV 537:

The chaconne from Bach's solo violin partita BWV 1004, adapted by Busoni:

Mahler's re-orchestration of the Air on the G String from Bach's Third orchestral suite, BWV 1068

And, finally, Stokowski's landmark orchestration of the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 (from the 1940 Disney animated feature, Fantasia);

Back tomorrow with my first of two blogs featuring Viennese music for New Year's.

Today on my Friday Blog is my Year In Review post. Please read mu French and English musings - and sample some of my YouTube favourites for 2011 - on ITYWLTMT.