Matthew Passion for a Flute | O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden

Matthew Passion for a Flute | O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden



NB: upon purchase you receive 2 versions: one for soprano recorder and one for alto recorder.

Part of my series of arrangements of the Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach for a recorder.

In the past there were no cds or apps. If you wanted to take your favourite music home, you had to play it yourself. A fascinating example of this is Händel’s operas, almost all of which have been published in an arrangement for solo recorder (!).
Of course, a lot is lost, but recently I have started being interested in the idea of cutting away that much of the music and seeing what (if any) essence might be left?
In my Passion for a Flute project, I’m curious to what extend this is transferable to the Matthew Passion. This epitome of baroque music is a masterwork of counterpoint. In comparison to Händel’s music there is much more counterpoint. I have therefore opted for a different style than that in the Händel arrangements, where mostly the first violin and vocal parts have been taken as the melody. Having studied Telemann’s flute fantasias and their application to improvisation for my thesis, I apply in these arrangements the ideas for sharing counterpoint rhythmically over the beat.

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