Adagio from J.S. Bach Concerto in D minor BWV 974

I’m just getting started on this piece. There’s a terrific version by Glenn Gould in one of his collection CDs here. It says that it is based on an oboe concerto by Alessandro Marcello. I’m not familiar with this composer, but I do love the piece, and especially the way Gould sings along with his piano, probably without realizing it.

Anyway, I thought it might sound good on my microtonal slide Bosendorfers. I use three different D minor scales, based on different otonality and utonality scales. I’ll document these after I’m certain that they will work together. Two are based on a D at 182 cents, and another with D at 204 cents. The other notes in the scale are also different. I have a fourth scale that uses a 7:6 for the minor 3rd on F, but it’s rather harsh, so I may not use it. The others have the F as 6:5, which is the standard minor third.

This version is just the first 14 measures. I am using Csound to replace the mordant and trills with slides. I need to work on them some more so they don’t stand out too much.

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Adagio from BWV 974

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Prent Rodgers

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