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April 3, 2012

Marc Teicholz – 2007 Edmund Blochinger

Here’s Marc Teicholz at our ‘Valseana Live’ concert playing an excerpt from his arrangement of Schubert’s Four Impromptus, D. 899 (Op. 90): No. 2 on a 2007 maple Edmund Blochinger guitar that was based on a 1936 maple Fleta, which in turn was based on an 1864 maple Torres. It’s kind of a cool story – how each guitar gave birth to the next – and you can get the full story by clicking on each of those guitars and reading the descriptions.

Comments (14)

horrible!!:there are many music for guitar…i donĀ“t understand the reason for to play this impromtu of Schubert…an horrible transcription!!

I know this Impromptu of Schubert’s very well and admired the performance of a difficult arrangement. The arrangement is very clever although whether it is wise is another question. But it won’t be long before a guitarist will be able to equal the performance of a pianist and, in the meantime, credit where credit is due.

I played this piece at the piano and appreciate it’s difficulty. To call this a terrible transcription, taking the necessary limitations of the guitar into account, bespeaks a complete misunderstanding of the two respective instruments. Bravo bravo bravo!!!!!!!

I would just like to say that Marc Teicholz is a very impressive player indeed . His transcription works very well indeed ,especially when he performs it. Although I am used to hearing this piece on an old recording played by the legendary pianist Dinu Lipatti and this colours my opinion.It is rather like listening to the villa-lobos preludes for guitar played on the piano….takes some getting used to.

I’ve always thought that so much of how I respond to a transcription has to do with what I knew first. I think a lot of us are a little conservative that way, and it takes a minute to get accustomed to something new. My entry to classical music as a kid was through the guitar, and I heard Yamashita’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ on the guitar first, so the original orchestral version was a shock when I finally heard it. Same with the Romero’s ‘Brandenburg’ arrangements for guitar quartet.

Hi Kai,
“I think a lot of us are a little conservative that way, and it takes a minute to get accustomed to something new.”
Yes. The larger truth is that the ability to listen without preconceptions is one of the signs of a good musician.

‘@ Kai,

Pictures at an Exhibition is originally a piano piece. It is best known in Ravel’s orchestration but Mussorgsky wrote it for and on piano.

Thanks for the correction – I guess I don’t need to point out that my knowledge of classical music is limited. Now I want to hear it on piano!


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