UM0133 6 suites for harp - Volume 2

Cover image 6 suites for harp original for solo cello
Volume 2
JS Bach Transcribed for harp by Sabine Chefson
Contents: Suite III - BWV 1009
Suite IV - BWV 1010
Instrumentation: Pedal Harp
Level: Intermediate
Format: 230 x 305mm stapled score
ISMN: 9790043085188
Publisher: Gerard Billaudot GB8518
Series Collection Anne Ricquebourg
Edition/Year: 2009
Origin: France
Our Ref: UM0133


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CONTENTS - Volume 2

Suite III BWV 1009 (19 mn)

Prelude (3mn 30s)
Allemande (3mn 25s)
Courante (2mn 50s)
Sarabande (3mn 35s)
Bourree 1 (1mn 15s)
Bourree 2 (1mn 40s)
Gigue (3m 10s)

Suite IV BWV 1010 (22mn)

Prelude (3mn 55s)
Allemande (3mn 40s)
Courante (3mn 15s)
Sarabande (4mn)
Bourree 1 (3mn)
Bourree 2 (50s)
Gigue (2mn 45s)



A cellist's treasure, Bach's Six Cello Suites prove just as fascinating for other instruments. Hence the many versions for flute, clarinet, trombone, marimba, guitar, theorbo...

While it is judicious to play the Suites on a monodic instrument, it is much more difficult to transcribe them for a polyphonic one. The harmony is so well integrated in Bach's writing that to add anything to his music seems criminal.

Yet I ventured to do so, for the sheer pleasure of being able to play these masterpieces and do them justice.

The original text being too low for harp, I transposed it up one octave and decided to add an occasional bass note when necessary to give it more body. I have tried to render the subtle bowing, articulation and fullness of the cello while bringing out the harp.

My approach is quite different from Marcel Grandjany's on Bach's violin Sonatas and Partitas. Like cellists, harpists must always think about phrasing, legato and tempo in order to build up their own interpretation. A quest without end...

I wish to thank Roger Boutry for his precious advice, artistic contribution and friendly support.


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