Mozart Organ Transcriptions

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Mozart Organ Transcriptions

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I've recently been listening to the Perahia/Lupu recording of the Mozart Fantasia for Mechanical Organ in F Minor, K608. I've had the CD for years, but shamefully only ever listened to the well-known major works which precede K608 - the great D Major Sonata for Two Pianos (K448) and the Schubert F Minor Fantasia for Four Hands. A Mechanica Organ, incidentally, seems to be more or less what you might imagine: a pipe organ which is "played" by a barrel with pins. K608 was transcribed for two pianos by Busoni, and it is this version - with a few "restored" bars - that Perahia and Lupu play. Over the past few weeks, it has rapidly become one of my favourite pieces. Far more than a mere curiosity, it strikes me that can stake a place among the very best of Mozart's compositions.

 

Mozart also wrote another piece for Mechanical Organ - the Adagio and Allegro in F Minor, K594. In addition, he also wrote a number of pieces for the organ itself - works ranging from early fugues to assorted pieces written right at the end of his life. 

 

My question, then. Does anyone know if these organ pieces have been trascribed and recorded for piano? If so, can someone point me in the direction of an available recording?

Mozart's Organ Music on Piano.

Jane, the two major works for (mechanical) organ, namely K. 594 (Adagio and Allegro) and K. 608 (Fantasia) both in f minor (a very rare minor key for the composer), have been transcribed by the composer himself for Piano duo (Four hands) and can be found in any complete recording of the music for Piano duo.  I could suggest the straightforward Eschenbach/Frantz recording of DG, the rare and very individual Imogen Cooper/Anne Queffelec (on Ottavo) or the quite interesting Arthur Balsam/Gena Raps (on Arabesque).

There are a couple of transcriptions for solo piano of the great Fantasia K. 608, most notable the one by Clementi but I do not believe there is a recording of it.

For the other original (or transcribed for the organ by the composer) works for Organ, the rather minor ones i.e. the Fugues K. 153, 154 and 401 along with the Overture from the Suite in C, K.399 and the by now quite known "Eine kleine Gigue", K.574 (mostly performed on Fortepiano, square piano, clavichord and modern Piano) can be found in the rather recent recording of the Korean pianist Sang Woo Kang, on Naxos. The latter (the K.574) can be spotted in plenty of recitals of Fortepianists and pianists, while the Suite K. 399 is more often found in discs by Fortepianists like Brautigam (on BIS), Bezuidenhout, Staier or Egarr (all in H.M.), by Clavichordist Bernard Brauchli (on Stradivarius), even by Harpsichordist Catherine Perrin (on Atma) and some pianists, more recently by Peter Hill (on Delphian).

Finally, the late Adante in F major (for mechanical Organ too), K.616 can be found in various recitals of pianists like A. Schiff (on Decca), Zhu Xiao-Mei (on Mirare), Gottlieb Wallisch (on Linn), Walter Klien (on Musical Concepts) a. o.

Parla

Thanks, Parla. Very, very

Thanks, Parla. Very, very useful. I didn't know Mozart did his own transcriptions for those F minor pieces. Be interesting to compare to the Busoni. I will start with Eschenbach/Frantz and move on from there.

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