J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, BWV 1046 – arranged for piano duet by Eleonor Bindman (GPC038)
Sheet music edition
for piano duet
Unlike the only published piano duet arrangement by Max Reger, which has serious performance limitations, Eleonor Bindman’s new transcription of the Brandenburg Concertos highlights their polyphony, imagining how Bach might have distributed the score if he had created four-part inventions for piano duet. With an equal partnership between the two instrumentalists, using the modern piano’s full potential to convey the unique scoring and character of each work, the concertos are ordered to create an engaging listening sequence.
Concerto No. 1 is scored for twelve parts, the largest group of all. The French horn solos were a major obstacle to conveying the rich texture since they play in the same register as the strings. Eliminating most nearby notes highlighted their parts and a special touch to imitate the ‘hunting horn’ would help the interpretation.