Electronic Musings (Kram, Richard)
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For Synthesizers (Kram)
Oy Veh Maria - Musing on Bach Prelude No.1 in C major
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So Many Sharps, So Little Time - Musing on Prelude No.3 in C♯ major
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On the Rhoads Again - Musing on Prelude No.11 in F major
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Coffee Break - Musing on Prelude No.17 in A♭ major
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Roll Over Bach - Musing on Prelude No.21 in B♭ major
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For Ensemble (Kram)
Arrangements and Transcriptions
For Ensemble (Kram)
The one musing reset for instrumental ensemble (clarinet, alto saxophone, whistling, bassoon, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, tuba, wine glasses, acoustic guitar, piano, clavinet, celesta, cello, double bass)
|Work Title||Electronic Musings (on J.S. Bach's Preludes from Well Tempered Clavier Book 1)|
|Year/Date of Composition||2003|
|Average Duration||13 minutes|
|Composer Time Period||Modern|
One day I was playing around with the synthesizers and decided to take Classical Music's "Urpiece" (The Prelude from Book 1 of Bach's Well Tempered Clavier) and put my own melody on top (good enough for Gounod I figured, good enough for me). Well, by the time I was done, there was not much left to the ear of the original but the harmonic underpinning, though the whole piece is in there - plus I threw in some of the Ave Maria for good measure. I kind of liked it (being a huge "Switched on Bach" fan - the recording that actually got me interested in music and changed my life forever - showing the world (at least me at the time) that long dead composers' music can still come to life in a totally refreshing way!). I figured since I totally contorted the first prelude, why stop there? I started modifying some of the other preludes to match how the original programatically moved me. Some are changed a lot more than others. Not really arrangements for the most part (so I did not want to disturb the Bach community too much by putting them as arrangements under Bach - some are just as much Kram). With the exception of the last one ("Roll Over Bach"), the original piece is always embedded in the Musing.
I am only posting the original sound files as there is not a score in the traditional sense (though they are all fully written out). Unfortunately a few of the originals were not recorded well. Tried to post process as well as I could.
Eventually I plan on adding a Musing for each of the Preludes (unless some wealthy Bach lover pays me handsomely to stop here).
Long Live Bach!