David Owen Norris was approached by Oxford University Press to write prefaces to republications of two sets of Bach transcriptions. These introductory notes add a fresh perspective to transcriptions which were previously out of print.
The first is a reissue of the iconic 1932 OUP publication, A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen: Transcriptions for pianoforte from the works of J. S. Bach, and contains arrangements by some of Britain’s greatest composers, including Bridge, Walton and Vaughan Williams. This book provides the perfect opportunity for pianists to further explore Bach’s remarkable legacy.
Bach Transcriptions for Piano: Twentieth-century arrangements from choral and instrumental works features seventeen transcriptions, including arrangements of well-known choral works such as ‘Jesu, joy of man’s desiring’ and ‘Bist du bei mir’.