ECO Musical Moments

No. 3 - 4/14/2020

The third edition of the ECO Musical Moments series features Ted Homan performing Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1, transcribed for clarinet

Wait – what?! A cello suite performed on a clarinet? That’s right! This arrangement by Himie Voxman of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 sheds a different light on this magnificent and ever-popular piece. 

For starters, the clarinet’s range is primarily in the treble register – whereas the cello has a wider range and generally features the bass register. In addition, the clarinet is a woodwind instrument activated by the player’s breath. This is very different from the bow used to activate the cello. 

The cello and all string instruments are said to emulate the human voice due to the use of the bow, and it is enlightening to hear the differences (and similarities!) in the execution of this piece when performed on the clarinet. 

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