Arranger's Corner, Gnarly Question
Everyone loves a good mystery...
Forkel, Bach’s first biographer, states that, according to Bach himself, arranging Vivaldi’s concertos had “taught him how to think musically.” Similarly, we can say that the process of arranging Bach’s music has given us many insights into his musical thinking, by encountering questions and problems of a different nature than those we face when simply playing from a score.
The reason is that when transcribing music, we run into questions and problems of a completely different nature than those we face while simply playing from a score.
The C-major Andante was chosen for this inaugural video in the "Arranger's Corner," because it presented us with an unexpected problem; initially, it seemed like a simple little question, but it actually took years to resolve. It took us off the beaten path and definitely led to other tangential discoveries along the way. In the end, the answer we arrived at was very satisfying for us, particularly so because we are guitarists.
See the video to find out more.