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Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Lute Works Arranged for Guitar Spiral-bound – 28 Nov 1997


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  • Spiral-bound: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Kjos (Neil A.) Music Co ,U.S.; 2 Spi edition (28 Nov 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849755018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849755019
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 24.1 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This outstanding edition is a must for all students of guitar. The solo lute works of J.S Bach excellently edited and transcribed for classical guitar by Frank Koonce. Outstanding features include fold-out pages, interpretive remarks, well-analysed finger

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SRD on 18 Mar 2013
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Very informative with excellent guidance for interpreting the suites for the guitar. Whether for pure enjoyment or an aid to study I believe this book would satisfy both admirably.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs LG Pearce on 4 Jan 2014
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A scholarly edition of the lute works that is rapidly becoming the 'one to have' by students and professionals alike, buy it!
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By jason on 24 Aug 2014
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As good as they come 10 Nov 2005
By yarzacc - Published on Amazon.com
While I agree with all the previous reviews, they just don't do justice to this beautiful collection, which is as perfect as they come. It is designed with the reader in mind, with fold out pages and a plastic spiral binding (more durable than it looks) that make pages easy to read and turn.

The book begins with an overview of the source manuscripts, how-tos of ornamentation, and information on the interpretation of the rhythms, including their relation to the dances they represent. This short introduction is concise and easy to understand, without being 'dumbed down'. The scores themselves are clear (though not always with enough room for my own scribbly notes), and have useful notes and commentaries on each piece that are extensive and unobtrusive to the score.

My favorite part of the book is it's strivings to keep close to the originals, offering alternatives and the interpretations of other musicians. The last 36 pages have photocopies of the source manuscripts, which are a bit too small to site read, but are an incredible asset to the material.

In short, his book is a totally awesome, completely user friendly, and overflowing with information, without being overly technical or dense. Thank you Mr. Koonce!

Definitely well worth the price- support your local music shop!!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The new standard 7 Nov 1997
By andytoulas@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent transcription of Bach for the classical guitar- the book is very well thought out, longer works like B.W.V 998 or paged together so it is very easy to read with no need for photocopies to get it all on a music stand. The book is also spriralbound so it won't fall apart and even includes a sizable preface to the style and practice of the music which it includes-all around good show! But these damn things are still imposiable to play!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Must Buy 21 Nov 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a terrific book. Frank Koonce's selections, and especially his masterly fingering, make this book a must buy for anyone who plays the classic guitar.
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yea 9 Aug 2006
By Person - Published on Amazon.com
Buy this now. Just make sure to get the 2nd edition, which is a vast improvement on the first.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent editing and format and useful scholarship 23 Jan 2013
By Arturo Kreznick - Published on Amazon.com
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I am only a middling amateur player who has to work hard to learn any of these Bach pieces, but I know a fair amount about classical music. So far, I've been concentrating on the E-minor lute suite and it will take me year, I suspect. I find the performance notes interesting and useful. The page layout and binding are really excellent. In places where the original notes are impossible on the modern guitar, such as playing bass E and G# at the same time, he provides alternative inversions from which to choose. It's important to remember that no modern edit is holy writ, and if you want to go back to the originals or near-originals, facsimiles are provided. For me, these versions are certainly close enough.
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