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Bach-Busoni: Toccata in D Minor, BWV 565 (arr. for piano)

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    1. Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
    2. Arranger: Ferruccio Busoni
    3. Instrumentation (this edition): Piano
    4. Originally for: Organ
    5. ISMN: 979-020181479-7
    6. Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
    7. Pages: 19
    8. Urtext / Critical Edition

    Bach/Busoni - a pairing that makes pianists' hearts beat faster. This is because Busoni succeeded in making piano transcriptions of works that Bach had originally tailor-made for another instrument in such a way that one can still sense the original sound world while the grand piano is able to show off its full potential.

    Together with the C-Major Toccata, BWV 564, his transcription of the Organ Toccata in D Minor, BWV 565 (now, after some interim uncertainty, once more considered a work by Bach), was to round off his reworkings of Bach for Breitkopf & Härtel in 1900. in Busoni's view a worthy culmination because the toccatas were indeed - as he informed his publisher - "obviously the best among my achievements of this kind and I am confident in expecting they will make a strong impact".

    G. Henle Publishers agrees with this assessment and presents the famous D-Minor Toccata and Fugue in an attractive Urtext edition that has consulted all of the sources and offers fingerings by the exceptional pianist Marc-André Hamelin.