by J.S. Bach, arr. Brian Slawson
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphone, 3 marimbas*—(2) 4-octave, (1) low A
*Two marimba players can also share a low A marimba if instruments are limited.
Harpsichord concerti were written throughout the Baroque era, particularly by J.S. Bach. However, this “Allegro” from Bach’s Concerto for 4 Harpsichords & Strings (BWV 1065) is based on Vivaldi’s Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor (RV 580). For one composer to “borrow” material from another during Bach’s time was considered a flattering gesture.
Mallet instruments have much in common with the attack and decay properties of harpsichords, making arrangements such as this a natural choice. Slawson’s orchestrations bring this piece to life, and it will make an excellent addition to the repertoire of any percussion ensemble wishing to highlight a Baroque selection for mallet instruments.
This arrangement of Concerto in A Minor has been heard worldwide on the popular CD "Bach on Wood," which helped garner Brian Slawson a Grammy nomination for “Best New Classical Artist.
This piece comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-Rom containing an audio recording and all individual parts available for printing.