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    Bach: Sinfonia to Cantata #29

    Almost 7 years ago, when my wife and I got married, I decided to write and arrange the music for our wedding. Since the church in which we were to be married had a rather horrible electronic organ (and I'm picky about such things, being an organist myself) I chose to have a string quartet instead. I wrote her processional, and since I love THIS piece so much (the Bach Sinfonia to Cantata #29) wrote an arrangement of it for string 4tet as our recessional. I've always wanted a decent recording of it, and finally 'ported it over to GPO. After MUCH tweaking, I think it is ALMOST as good as the Real Thing:

    http://evensongmusic.net/audio/Bach29.mp3

    Enjoy - comments welcome

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    Re: Bach: Sinfonia to Cantata #29

    giwro_jon,
    First, thanks for posting this excellent arrangement and rendering of this Sinfonia . Your take on 29 is very fresh and original. I must say, for the intended purpose it is very appropriate and I found it quite enjoyable. (Now for creepy part) I was tinkering with this piece just this past week. (When I first saw your post I thought I had posted it and somehow forgot). Once again, excellent job.
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    Re: Bach: Sinfonia to Cantata #29

    Quote Originally Posted by valhalx
    giwro_jon,
    First, thanks for posting this excellent arrangement and rendering of this Sinfonia . Your take on 29 is very fresh and original. I must say, for the intended purpose it is very appropriate and I found it quite enjoyable. (Now for creepy part) I was tinkering with this piece just this past week. (When I first saw your post I thought I had posted it and somehow forgot). Once again, excellent job.
    Bill
    Heh...

    Glad you liked it!

    We had a STUNNING string quartet - they did an awesome job (and they SIGHT-READ this piece!)

    Cheeri,

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    Re: Bach: Sinfonia to Cantata #29

    Excellent!

    The temptation to go hell-bent-for-leather with the (volume) pedal to the floor is too often satisfied on this piece; but I believe you've gotten the real tenor of it, perfectly, in this rendering.

    Really first-rate string work on this -- listened through it several times, Jonathan. What exactly did you use in the ensemble?

    Best,

    David
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    Re: Bach: Sinfonia to Cantata #29

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    Excellent!
    The temptation to go hell-bent-for-leather with the (volume) pedal to the floor is too often satisfied on this piece; but I believe you've gotten the real tenor of it, perfectly, in this rendering.

    Really first-rate string work on this -- listened through it several times, Jonathan. What exactly did you use in the ensemble?

    .
    Heh...

    I have the luxury of having heard it live both with a string 4tet and 2-2-2-2-1 (CB doubling 'cello for the most part) so I still have that aesthetic in my mind's ear. It is fun to play this "pedal to the metal" on the organ, but I rather like this cheerful more reserved sound, too.

    This was all GPO solo strings, with HEAVY editing of articulations and velocity. I think I used the Gagli ks and the Strad KS, plus the KS Viola 1 and the KS 'Cello 1.

    I'm slowly getting better at this - maybe in another 6 months I'll be happy with my renditions

    Thanks for the kind words!

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