Bach Adagio from G Minor Sonata
 
After recording an album of Bach and an album of kora music over two days using the same microphone setup for both, I realised that the resonance of the kora music was much richer than the Bach...so I went back to the drawing board and re-transcribed the Bach using the tuning of the kora and the idiomatic writing of the renaissance vihuela...

So this is the first piece of the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin in this new tuning...very recently learned. Next up the wonderful G Minor fugue.


Thanks be to Martin Haugaard for preparing the sibelius files. 


tech details for guitar geeks below:


Original is in G minor. Usually transcribed into A Minor for guitar. I used to play it in the original key with a capo on the second fret - sounding pitch A Minor.


New arrangement: Uses renaissance vihuela tuning - G string down to F sharp. The piece is transposed into B Minor and played with a capo on the third fret. Therefore the sounding pitch is the original G Minor. The lowest note of the guitar is now G which corresponds to the lowest note of the violin. The piece is also now mostly in the first position (like early guitar, vihuela and lute music) and most closed notes are heard against open strings, increasing the resonance of the instrument. The phraseology is borrowed/learned from kora music.