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A single PDF with all the free transcriptions is prepared:
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If you already downloaded it before, do please check the date, since this volume will be updated with any new free offerings, as well as any corrections or improvements to the typesetting.
The Transcriptions project is mainly intended for persons who have already become familiar with the original piano pieces, whether by listening or playing. Thus the scores could be printed separately from the tablature, avoiding arduous re-engraving of all the music to make room for aligned tablature. If you “remember how it goes” rhythmically, you'll only want the scordatura tablature even if you read music (which isn't a requirement). Tunings are mostly unique to each piece, and occasionally tuning even changes en passant, favouring tablature over the musical score for sane reading.
Please send email to enquire about the available works, or to expedite the completion of particular works. All transcriptions are literal to the greatest possible extent, including adherence to the original keys. The following table summarises the current status of the Transcriptions. There are no recordings yet; there were YouTube links to piano renditions, but I am done with Google, so I've removed them. Google seems to promote certain performers, and you'll need to search for specific artists in case you want a more balanced selection. My favourite pianist is Vladimir Sofronitsky.
======================================== Last Updated: December 19, 2020, 11pm ======================================== KEY: A ≋ - available; typeset PDF tablature with "all" fingering F ≋ - as per A ≋, but as a free sampler (included in the Free Volume) ▶ ≋ - next to become A ≋; currently being typeset and refined ≋ - more or less done; "in the bag" + - good progress has been made · - in progress (or "under consideration" incl. a tentative tuning) [1-4][xhme] - fidelity and facility codes====================================== Janáček 3m + In the Mist - No.1 3m + - No.3 3h ≋ - No.4 3m ≋ On an Overgrown Path - Ser. I - No.2 3m + - No.5 3m ▶ ≋ On an Overgrown Path - Ser. II - No.1 finished m.1-10 4h A ≋ A Recollection martellato in both hands simultaneously! Sonata 1.X.1905 ("From the Street") 4h A ≋ Con moto (Foreboding) 4h A ≋ Adagio (Death) Scriabin 1m + Impromptu, Op.14, No.2 but not for solo guitar; wants vocalist 3m ≋ Mazurka, Op.25, No.3 Préludes, Op.11 (complete) 3m ≋ No.1 3m + No.2 3m ≋ No.3 3m · No.4 3m + No.5 3m · No.6 hammer etude! 3m · No.7 3m + No.8 3m · No.9 3m + No.10 3m + No.11 3m ≋ No.12 4m A ≋ No.13 standard tuning; or flatted standard for the original key 3m · No.14 3m · No.15 3m · No.16 3m · No.17 3m · No.18 3m · No.19 umm ... good luck with that 3m · No.20 3m · No.21 3m · No.22 3m · No.23 "barely" but can't omit just one! 3m + No.24 4m ≋ Prélude, Op.22, No.1 4h ≋ Poème, Op.32, No.1 3m · Prélude, Op.15, No.1 ...possibly not working out 3m · Prélude, Op.16, No.1 3m · Prélude, Op.16, No.3 1h · Sonata No.3 arrangement? — that would be fun!... 4e ≋ Mazurka, Op.40, No.2 3h A ≋ Étude, Op.8, No.2 particularly fine, even with fidelity barely 3 3m ≋ Étude, Op.42, No.4 Liszt 4e ≋ Nuages Gris 3h F ≋ Eglogue flatted drop-D; or standard drop-D to play in A major Debussy 3h + Les collines d'Anacapri almost ≋; one more session 4m ≋ Des pas sur la neige 4m ≋ La fille aux cheveux de lin 2x A ≋ Jardins sous la pluie difficult but possible, and quite literal Ravel 4h A ≋ Sonatine, 1st mvt. two fixed tuning options, one being standard 3m Sonatine, 2nd mvt. not yet attempted 3m + Sonatine, 3rd mvt. 3m + Le Tombeau de Couperin - Prélude 3m + - Fugue 3e ≋ À la manière de Borodine 3m · À la manière de Chabrier 3h + Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn 3x + Menuet Antique Poulenc 3h + Napoli, Caprice Italien ... with some cuts 4e ≋ Suite Française: Carillon 3m + Nocturne No.1 4m A ≋ Nocturne No.3 ("Les cloches de Malines") Fauré 3h + 13th Nocturne, Op.119 ... with some cuts Beethoven 3h + Sonata, Op.111, 2nd mvt. Schumann Kinderszenen, Op.15 (selections in one tuning) 3e F ≋ No.1 Von fremden Ländern und Menschen 3m + No.5 Glückes genug 3h + No.9 Ritter von Stekenpferd an absolute must, hook or crook 4m ≋ No.12 Kind im Einschlummern 4m ≋ No.13 Der Dichter spricht 3m + Kinderszenen, Op.15, No.7 Träumerei (different tuning) 3h ≋ Fantasiestücke, Op.111, No.1 Borodin Petite Suite (selections) 4m A ≋ Mazurka No.1 quite possibly the cheerfulest music ever penned! 3e ≋ Serenade 4e A ≋ meta-Intermezzo easy, quaint loop; tab supports standard tuning 3m · whole Intermezzo ...is also still feasible Schubert 4h A ≋ Impromptu D.899 (Op.90), No.3 11 pages; single fixed tuning! 4m F ≋ Sonata D.960, 2nd mvt. first section (42 measures) only ======================================fidelity: 4 = very literal, say 98% pitches and minimal register collapse 3 = quite literal, perhaps 96% and some register collapse 2 = fairly literal, say 93% (e.g. drops an inner voice in spots) 1 = mere arrangement, or duo (however concert-worthy) facility: e = relatively easy (as, say, Villa-Lobos Prélude No.1) m = marginally more difficult than e h = truly difficult! x = very difficult by any human standard Neither fidelity nor facility necessarily impacts the performance worth of any of the works, which are all fantastic pieces of music if only you can pull them off technically. Even at fidelity 2, the sacrifices are carefully calculated, and the effect to the listener should still be something like unmarred literal fidelity. For me, an m facility is around Villa-Lobos Chôros No.1 (to keep picking on him), an h facility means I'll need to give all I've got to play the piece well, and an x facility means I'll need to somehow give even more, and (while having great fun) will probably never achieve fluency... Fortunately, there are only two x so far. The frequent, faint 3m classification is merely “default”, and some of those will be changing categories as they get more work.
|schumann||kinderszenen op15 no1|
|schubert||impromptu op90 no3|
|schubert||sonata d960 andante incipit|
|debussy||jardins sous la pluie|
|ravel||sonatine 1st mvt|
|scriabin||prelude op11 no13|
|borodin||petite suite meta intermezzo|
|borodin||petite suite mazurka no1|
|janacek||sonata 1.X.1905 (complete)|
|scriabin||etude op8 no2|