Arrangements or Transfigurations?


Arrangements or Transfigurations?

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Whether merely copying, or else adapting, transcribing (for piano), changing key, style, instrumentation or orchestration – musical arrangement is common outside the world of classical music. The last example here is a world premiere by contemporary Czech composer Kryštof Mařatka, whose string quartet arrangement of Janáček’s wind sextet has virtually become his master’s 3rd Quartet. Are these works merely ‘in the style of’ or genuine transfigurations, along the lines of Schönberg’s famous Nuit Op.4, an orchestration of a poem by Richard Dehmel? Judge for yourselves!

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PRD/DSD 350'132

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