Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (BWV 639) - Piano solo transcription

Piano solo transcription

J.S. Bach
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This is a piano solo transcription of Bach's BWV 639, also known as Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ. Beside Busoni's beautiful but difficult and embellished arrangement, I couldn't find a piano transcription in which the middle voice is notated conveniently for both hands, so I made one myself.

My aim was to modify Bach's organ version as little as possibile, although in a few bars doubling the pitch of a bass note was the only option. The score now contains only two instances of a tenth in the left hand and one of a ninth. Those players whose hands are not able to play them can raise the bass notes.

I wrote out the ornaments and left out the fermatas, which during the Baroque era only indicated the end of a phrase instead of a pause. I also included the chords for who's interested in the harmonic progression.

Score ID
J.S. Bach
Year of composition
Year of arrangement
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
Solo instrument (Piano)
Classical music

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