Sarabande from piano Partita No. 6 in E minor BWV 830 by J.S. Bach, transcription by Charlotte Bray
Instrumentation 1.1.1(=Acl).1-126.96.36.199-mar-hp-2vln.vla.vcl.db (solo strings)
First Performance 20 April 2016, Southwark Cathedral, London; City of London Sinfonia under Stephan Layton
Commissioned by the City of London Sinfonia
21.10.18 Karlstad, Sweden; Karlstad Orchestral Society, Johannes Thorell conductor Swedish Premiere
Essentially sorrowful in nature, Bach’s Sarabande from piano Partita No. 6 in E minor appears to hold an elaborate and intimate conversation with the listener. Encompassing a whole range of emotions, the darkness is interrupted with glimpses of light and hopeful, joyous twists.
In making an arrangement of something so immaculately beautiful, I tried to change it as little as possible. Staying true to the original in terms of pitch, I super imposed my own expression of the piece on to Bach’s composition, as if the ensemble were soloist.