Transcriptions of Bach works
Prelude in A minor BWV 931
Magica ensemble is composed of qualified musicians or teachers
from the Higher Conservatoires of Brussels, Paris and The Hague. Preferring
the interpretation of trio sonatas originating from the baroque period,
the Ensemble does not however ignore the historical tradition of arrangements
and transcriptions, and indeed reserves a special place for these in its
concert programmes. This recording is the Ensemble's first.
The programme chosen for this recording
contains exclusively transcribed works, enhanced by pieces for harpsichord.
This procedure of transcription used to be very common and indeed, Bach
himself, often resorted to it. For his own use and for teaching purposes,
he transcribed more than twenty concertos, moving from the orchestra to
a single keyboard instrument, harpsichord or organ, and concentrating
mostly on the works of Italian composers (Vivaldi, Marcello, etc.). He
also transformed his own concertos for violin into concertos for harpsichord
and those for harpsichord into concertos for violin. For practical reasons,
he often used fragments of earlier works to create new compositions by
giving them a different aspect. For his student, Schübler, he transcribed
six chorals extracted from cantatas which have today become famous, and
even quite popular, pieces for organ.