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New Piece – Bach-Busoni chorale prelude, No 5. “Ich ruf’ zu dir…

Posted in Deliberate Practice by elwynrees on August 22, 2009

Bach-Busoni chorale prelude, this time its No 5. “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ” BMV 639….

Here’s the original organ piece by Bach played by Aarnoud de Groen:

Here’s Horowitz belting through Busoni’s transcription (a bit too fast for my taste):

 

 

The couple of session on this piece have been  very useful.   I’ve found around 9 hard bars and phrases and have split it into ten sections.  The section breaks are just convenient stop-start points, four of these being “pauses” marked in the score. You can see them in the screen shots below (where S = sections, H = hard, blue lines = section breaks and red squares and ovals the hard bits (so far!).

Bach Busoni Ichrufzudir p1 (anotation)

Bach Busoni Ichrufzudir p1 (anotation)

Bach Busoni Ichrufzudir p2 (anotation)

Bach Busoni Ichrufzudir p2 (anotation)

So these are the study tasks identified:

Hard Bars & Phrases

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Hard bar (1)  – Bar 3

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Hard bar (2)  – Bar 5

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Hard bar (3)  – Bar 6

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Hard bar (4)  – Bar 8 (1st half)

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Hard bar (5)  – Bar 10 (1st half)

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Hard bar (6)  – Bar 11

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Hard bar (7)  – Bar 18 (LH Tenth chords)

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Hard bar (8)  – Section 9 (fingering)

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Hard bar (9)  – Bar 25

Sections

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Section (1)   – Bars 1 – 6.5

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Section (2)   – Bars 6.5 – 8.5

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Section (3)   – Bars 8.5 – 10.5

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Section (4)   – Bars 10.5 – 12.5

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Section (5)   – Bars 12.5 – 15.5

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Section (6)   – Bars 15.5 – 18.5

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Section (7)   – Bars 18.5 – 19.5

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Section (8)   – Bars 19.5 – 21.5

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Section (9)   – Bars 21.5 – 24

Ich  ruf’ zu dir,….           Section (10)  – Bars 25

So time to start work on the hard bars/phrases before tackling the sections…

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