[PDF] Debussy, Claude - Preludes Book 2 No. 3 La Puerta del Vino

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[PDF] Debussy, Claude - Preludes Book 2 No. 3 La Puerta del Vino

Postby John Kemp » Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:55 pm

The art of transcription begins with picking the right piece! I made the transcription (in 1979) because I loved the piece so much, and it was surely inspired by Spain and the guitar. I was able to do little with it at the time because of copyright constraints. I recently came across the subsequently published transcriptions by Carles Trepat and Charles Postlewate. All three transcriptions have much in common in their handling of the easy parts of the piece, but the three of us have handled the difficult parts very differently. Carles Trepat's beautiful edition has has prioritised delicacy of sound, Charles Postlewate's version, published in his volume "Homage to Villa-Lobos", champions a RH technique using all five digits, as did Villa-Lobos, whereas I have spotted some opportunities afforded by some slightly unorthodox fingering to keep exceptionally close to Debussy's text. In my view there is room for all three transcriptions. Mine has been well received by Giacomo Susani, the only concert player I have so far shown it to.

I am immensely grateful to Bernhard Heimann for his patient and meticulous engraving, and to Christine Heimann for her elegant artwork on the title page.
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Re: [PDF] Debussy, Claude - Preludes Book 2 No. 3 La Puerta del Vino

Postby Kurt Penner » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:54 pm

What an unusual piece! Very unlike the popular ones. Very ambitious of you to transcribe it. If there are any recordings of your transcription then please direct us to them.

KP

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Re: [PDF] Debussy, Claude - Preludes Book 2 No. 3 La Puerta del Vino

Postby attila57 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:56 pm

John Kemp wrote:....I made the transcription (in 1979) because I loved the piece so much, and it was surely inspired by Spain and the guitar. I was able to do little with it at the time because of copyright constraints.


It's a case when copyright actually stopped the work of a famous composer to become well-known...

Anyway, it's here now! :merci: :merci: :merci:

It certainly looks impressive. I'll need to put in some hard work to hear what it sound like...

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Re: [PDF] Debussy, Claude - Preludes Book 2 No. 3 La Puerta del Vino

Postby spanishguitarmusic » Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:18 am

Thank you for the pdf of this piece!

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Re: [PDF] Debussy, Claude - Preludes Book 2 No. 3 La Puerta del Vino

Postby John Kemp » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:04 am

It is entirely appropriate that the welcome this transcription is receiving is considered, cautious, and somewhat provisional. Guitarists are taking it seriously and I am delighted with this, not least because of the enormous challenge that the engraver Bernhard Heimann – one of the unsung heroes of this blog – rose to. He nearly gave up at one point. Neither guitar music in general nor Debussy's score totally comply with the mathematical rigours of the conventions, and the engraving softwares try to corral the user into correcting 'mistakes'. I gave up with Capella and Bernhard nobly took over with Finale. The complexity of the notation is initially offputting, but the piece becomes much easier to play when you appreciate the logic of what I have done. When you encounter an unorthodox fingering, and try to find a better alternative, you will find there isn't one – at least, not one that preserves the advantages – such as they are – of what I have chosen to do.

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Re: [PDF] Debussy, Claude - Preludes Book 2 No. 3 La Puerta del Vino

Postby John Kemp » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:56 am

SOME PERFORMANCE NOTES.
Technical anchors are important in guitar music. The position and the barré are the two traditional ones, but there is also the glide, much used by Tarrega and Llobet. It is difficult to jump quickly and smoothly from one end of the fingerboard to the other, but in slow pieces there is the option of the glide, and I have fingered this piece to contrive to place the third finger on the B sharps in bars 12 to 14 and in bar 74, for such glides, and I regard maintaining the third finger in place on the B sharps at the end bars 13 and 14 as important, even though it necessitates a large stretch to the adjacent C sharps.

I offer the ossia bar 58 which is closer to Debussy in that it restores his B flat, though my preferred choice is to omit the B flat as more technically idiomatic on the guitar. However, some players will find the open G in my preferred version difficult to play cleanly, and that is why I offered the ossia.

The use of the left hand thumb is achieving scattered but widespread usage, as a matter of common sense when it solves a problem. For example, I have observered both Fabio Zanon and Daniela Rossi use it in (different) Scarlatti pieces. It seems a natural solution in bar 74, and would be required irrespective of my penchant for the concurrent LH 3rd finger glide.[i][/i]

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Re: [PDF] Debussy, Claude - Preludes Book 2 No. 3 La Puerta del Vino

Postby John Kemp » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:13 am

attila57 wrote:
John Kemp wrote:....I made the transcription (in 1979) because I loved the piece so much, and it was surely inspired by Spain and the guitar. I was able to do little with it at the time because of copyright constraints.


It's a case when copyright actually stopped the work of a famous composer to become well-known...


I have two problems with copyright. Firstly, publishers don't want to authorise transcriptions from 'unknown' arrangers, particularly galling when worse transcriptions then appear from known names. Secondly, my financial affairs are very straightforward, but random freelance work provokes a Tax Form which I regard as a fate worse than death. As an amateur, I do NOT want to provoke a tax form from the Inland Revenue as a result of a pittance in royalties!

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Re: [PDF] Debussy, Claude - Preludes Book 2 No. 3 La Puerta del Vino

Postby attila57 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:55 pm

Yeah, these are some of the beauties of the issue... That's why our esteemed forum member 'Marieh' says 'copyleft' on her postings, I suppose.
Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy...

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