Saturday, December 31, 2016

Fun with Five Octaves

Partial list of music that can be played on a 61-key portable keyboard:

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach:
Some of the sonatas; the famous "Solfeggietto" won't fit

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Most of the Well-Tempered Clavier Books I and II, and the Inventions and Sinfonias (Sinfonia #6 doesn't fit)

"English" Suites:
  • I in A Major, BWV 806: Prelude, Sarabande
  • II in A Minor, BWV 807: the whole suite
  • III in G Minor, BWV 808: Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gavottes I and II, Gigue
  • IV in F Major, BWV 809: the whole suite
  • V in E Minor: the whole suite
  • VI in D Minor: the whole suite

"French" Suites, BWV 812-817:
All of Suites I, II, III, IV and V; all but the Bourée from Suite VI

  • I in B-flat major, BWV 825: Sarabande, Menuet I and II, Gigue
  • II in C Minor, BWV 826: Courante, Saraband, and Rondeau
  • III in A Minor, BWV 827: Fantsia, Sarbande, Burlesca, Scherzo, Gigue
  • IV in D Major, BWV 828: Allemande, Courante, Aria, Sarabande, Menuet, Gigue
  • V in G Major, BWV 829: Tempo di Minuetto, Passepied
  • VI in E Minor, BWV 830: Toccata, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Tempo di Gavotta, Gigue

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variations 6 and 18 require transposing the keyboard down an octave; Var. 24 contains a high d''' which will be out of range if the keyboard is transposed down to reach the G' at the low end.

Chorale preludes from Kirnberger's collection:
  • "Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten"
  • "Ach Gott und Herr" a 2 klav.
  • "Christ lag in Todesbanden" Fantasia a 3 Canto fermo in alto (but how will you bring out the chorale tune?)
  • "Christum wir sollen loben schon" Fughetta
  • "Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ" Fughetta
  • "Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes Sohn" Fughetta
  • "Nun komm'' der Heiden Heiland" Fughetta
  • "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her" Fughetta
  • "Gottes Sohn ist kommen" Fughetta
  • "Lob sei dem allmächt'gen Gott" Fughetta
  • "Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt" (separating the voices will require some work)
  • "Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier" (1 and 2)
  • "Ich hab' mein' Sach' Gott heimgestellt"
  • "Wir Christenleut'" (may be possible; definitely not easy)
  • "Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr'"
  • "In dich hab' ich gehoffet, Herr"
  • "Jesu, meine Freude" Fantasia
Other pieces:
Canzona, BWV 588

Béla Bartók: 
  • All of Mikrokosmos, vol. II
  • All of Mikrokosmos, vol. III except Variations and the second Chromatic Invention
  • These pieces from Mikrokosmos, vol. IV: Notturno, Thumb Under, Crossed Hands, In the Style of a Folk Song, Diminished Fifth, Major and Minor, Through the Keys, Playsong, Children's Song, Clashing Sounds, Intermezzo, Variations on a Folk Tune, Bulgarian Rhythm (1 and 2), Theme and Inversion, Triplets in 9/8 Time, Dance in 3/4 Time, Fifth Chords, Two-Part Study
  • These pieces from Mikrokosmos, vol. V: Chords Together and Opposed, Staccato and Legato, Boating, Change of Time, New Hungarian Folk Song, Major Seconds Broken and Together, Studies in Double Notes, Perpetuum Mobile, Whole-tone Scale, Merry Andrew (this one has some held tones that may not work well)
  • These pieces from Petite Suite: Whirling Dance, Bag Pipe
  •  Rumanian Christmas Carols 1st Series: Number 10 is the only one that won't fit.
  • Rumanian Christmas Carols 2nd Series
  • Rumanian Folk Dances, nos. 2-5
Ludwig van Beethoven:
  • Nine Variations on a March by Dressler
  • Six Easy Variations on a Swiss Song
  • Variations on "Nel cor piu non mi sento"
  • Three Easy Sonatinas (C Major, G Major, and F Major)
  • 6 Ländlerische Tänze
  • 7 Ländlerische Tänze
  • Rondo in A Major
  • Numbers 1, 3, and 4 from 6 Menuette (not the famous one in G Major)
  • Menuett in E-flat Major
  • Rondo in C Major, Op. 51, No. 1
  • Two Preludes through all the major keys, Op. 39
  • Allegretto quasi andante, from Seven Bagatelles Op. 33, No. 2
  • Bagatelles, Op. 119, Nos. 4, 5, 8, and 9
  • Tempo di Menuetto from Sonata in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2
  • Five pieces for mechanical clock, WoO 33
Dietrich Buxtehude: All of the keyboard suites

Cecile Chaminade: These pieces from Children's Album, First Series, Op. 123:
Prélude, Intermezzo, Canzonetta, Rondeau, Gavotte, Gigue, Romance, Barcarolle, Air de Ballet, March Russe

Chopin: the following Mazurkas:
  • Op. 6, no. 2
  • Op. 7, nos. 1, 4, and 5
  • Op. 17, nos. 3 and 4
  • Op. 24 no. 3 contains a long note but is otherwise playable
  • Op. 33 no. 3
  • Op. 50 no. 2
  • Op. 67 no. 3
  • Op. 68 nos. 3 and 4
  • Op. posth. B-flat major, D Major (two of them), and C Major
      Waltz Op. 69/1 "L'adieu"

Muzio Clementi:
  • Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36, No. 1
  • Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36, No. 3
François Couperin:
from Ordre II:
  • Menuet
  • La Charoloise
  • La Diane
  • Fanfare pour la Suitte de la Diane
  • La Florentine
  • La Babet
  • Les Papillons
from Ordre III
  • Gavotte
  • L'Espagnolette
  • Les Matelotes Provencales
from Ordre VI
  • Les Moissonneurs
  • Les Langueurs-Tendres
  • Le Gazoüillement
  • La Bersan
  • Les Bergeries
  • La Commére
  • La Moucheron
Louis Couperin:
  • Chaconne, C Major
  • Passacaille, C Major
  • Sarabande, C Major
  • Menuet, C Major
  • Chaconne, C Minor
  • Chaconne, G Major
  • Branle de Basque, F Major
Jean-François Dandrieu: most of the 25 Noëls
         (but you will have to do some thinking about changes of registration and contrasts of color)

Louis-Claude Daquin: Le Coucou

Antonín Dvořák: Humoresque

Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Rondeau

Many of the pieces in The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book

César Franck:
  • L'Organiste, vol. 1 (59 pieces), FWV 41
  • 5 Pieces for harmonium, FWV 26
Girolamo Frescobaldi:
  • Gagliarda, G Minor
  • Passacaglia, B-flat Major
Johann Jakob Froberger:
Most of the organ music (occasional chords have to be re-written because they require the pedal)
Toccatas 3-15 from the collection linked above
Note that Toccata #17 is actually by Johann Caspar Kerll

Alberto Ginastera:
“In the First Pentatonic Minor Mode”, No. 5 from Doce Preludios Americanos

Grieg: These pieces from Lyric Pieces:
  • "Arietta", Op. 12, No. 1
  • "Watchman's song", Op. 12, No. 3
  • "Elfin Dance", Op. 12, No. 4
  • "Album-Leaf", Op. 12, No. 7
These pieces from Op. 38:
  • "Skipping Dance", Op. 38, No. 5
  • "Elegy", Op. 38, No. 6
  • "Waltz", Op. 38, No. 7
Georg Frideric Handel:
Fugues in G Minor (G. 264, HG II/iv/1 and G. 231, HG II/iv/2), B-flat Major (G. 37, HG II/iv/3), B Minor (G. 27, HG II/iv/4), A Minor (G. 17, HG II/iv/5), and C Minor (G. 83, HG II/iv/6) 
  • B-Flat Major (G. 30-33, HG II/ii/7), 
  • D Minor (G. 108-111, HG II/ii/4, G. 112-117, HG II/i/3, G. 118-122, HG II/ii/3 and G. 123-126, HG II/iii/1)
  • E Minor (G. 160-162, HG II/ii/5, G. 163-167, HG II/1/4)
  • The Prelude and Allemande from the suite in E Major (G. 145-146, HG II/i/5)
  • Suite/Sonata in F Major, G. 175-179, II/i/2
  • F Minor (G. 193-197, HG II/1/8)
  • F-Sharp Minor (G. 204-207, HG II/i/6)
  • Suite (Partita) G Major, (G. 211-217, HG II/ii/8)
  • G Minor (G. 26-249, HG II/ii/6, G. 250-255, HG II/i/7 (all but the Gigue and Passacaille), G. 260-263, HG II/iii/2)
Sonatina, B-Flat Major,  G. 40, HG II/iii/10
Sonata, C Major, G. 56-58, HG II/iii/12
Sonata, C Major, G. 59, HG II/iii/11
Fantasia, C Major, G. 60, HG II/iii/4
Capriccios in  F Major (G. 183, HG II/iii/8) and G Minor (G. 270, HG II/ii/3)
Chaconnes in F Major (G. 184, HG II/iii/5) and G Major (G. 228, HG II/ii/2 and G. 229, HG II/ii/9)
Minuet, G Minor (G. 242, part of HG II/ii/1)
... and many others

Franz Joseph Haydn:
  • Sonata in D Major (1767)
  • Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI/1: Allegro
  • Sonata in G Major, Hob. XVI/8
Fanny Hensel
Mélodie (Op. 4, No. 2)

Johann Caspar Kerll:
Toccata VII (it was included, incorrectly, in the Froberger collection above, where it's number XVII.)

Edward MacDowell:
from Woodland Sketches, Op. 51:
"To a Wild Rose", "Will o' the Wisp", "In Autumn", "From Uncle Remus"
Transposing the keyboard down an octave to play "At an old Trysting Place", and "A Deserted Farm"

from Sea Pieces, Op. 58:
Transpose the keyboard down an octave to play "A.D. 1620" and "Song"

from New England Idylls, Op. 62, transpose the keyboard down an octave to play "With Sweet Lavender"

Marianne Martinez:
Sonate No. 3

W. A. Mozart:
complete sonatas
  • Sonata in E-Flat Major, K. 282
  • Sonata in C Major, K. 545
individual movements
  • Sonata in F Major, K. 280, II. Adagio
  • Sonata in B-Flat Major, K. 281, III. Rondo. Allegro
  • Sonata in G Major, K. 283, II. Andante
  • Sonata in D Major, K. 284, II. Andante [Polonaise en Rondeau]
  • Sonata in D Major, K. 311, II. Andante con espressione
  • Sonata in C Major, K. 330, I. Allegro moderato
  • Sonata in C Major, K. 330, III. Allegretto
  • Sonata in A Minor, K. 331, III. Alla Turca. Allegretto
  • Sonata in F Major, K. 332, II. Adagio
  • Sonata in F Major, K. 332, III. Allegro assai
  • Sonata in B-Flat Major, K. 333, II. Andante cantabile
  • Sonata in F Major, K. 533, I. Allegro
Other pieces:
Minuets in G Major, K. 1, F Major, K. 2, and C Major, K. 6
Adagio for glass harmonica, K. 356

Johann Pachelbel:
At least the following chorale preludes:
(numbering and page numbers, where given, are from this collection)
  • “Ach, Gott vom Himmel sieh darein” (the shorter setting)
  • “Ach, Herr, mich armen Sünder” (the shorter setting)
  • "Christe, der du bist Tag und Licht"
  • "Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund"
  • Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt” (at least two of the settings)
  • Es spricht der unweisen Mund wohl” (both settings)
  • Es woll' uns Gott genädig sein”(both settings)
  • "Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir" (the choral tune in the pedals has to be played an octave higher)
  • "Gott Vater, der du deine Sonn'"
  • "Ich hab' mein' Sach' Gott heimgestellt"
  • "Jesus Christus unser Heiland, der den Tod", no. 40, p. 111
  •  "Jesus Christus unser Heiland, der den Tod", no. 41, p. 112 (take the bass up an octave)
  • "Jesus Christus unser Heiland, der von uns", no. 42, p. 113
  •  "Komm Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist", no.  43, p. 115
  • "Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott", no. 44, p. 115
  • "Kommt her zu mir, spricht Gottes Sohn", no. 45, p. 116 (take the bass up an octave)
  • "Lob sei Gott in des Himmels Thron", no. 46, p. 117
  • "Mag ich Ungluck nicht widerstahn", no.  47, p. 118
  • "Nun laßt uns Gott dem Herren", no. 51, p 122
  • "Nun lob mein' Seel' den Herren", no 52, p. 123
  • "O Lamm Gottes unschuldig", no. 53, p. 124
  • "Vater unser im Himmelreich", no. 55, p. 128
  • "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her", no. 57, p. 131 (take the bass up an octave)
  • "Was mein Gott will, das gescheh' allzeit", no. 61, p. 136
  • "Was mein Gott will, das gescheh' allzeit", no. 62, p. 137
1 in D minor, 2 in E-flat major, 3 in G major, 4 in G minor, 5 in A major, 6 in A minor
1 in C major, 2 in D minor, 3 in D major, 4 in C major (take the pedal part up an octave),
6 in D minor
E-flat major, p. 28
G minor, p. 29
Ricercares in F-sharp minor and C major
Prelude and Fugue in E minor
Toccata and Fugue in B-flat major 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 in C major, 10 in C minor, 11 in D major, 12 in F major, 13 in G major, 
14 in C major, 15 in G minor, 16 and 17 in A minor, 18 in D minor, and 19 in G minor

Bernardo Pasquini: Partite sopra l'aria della Folia d'Espagna

Alexander Scriabin: Preludes Op. 15/4 and 5, Op. 74/4

Camille Saint-Saens: Fugue, Op. 61, No. 2

Franz Schubert:
  • Moments Musicaux Op. 94/2, Op. 94/3
  • Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli
  • Andante (C Major)
  • Allegretto (C Major)
Robert Schumann: These pieces from Kinderszenen, Op. 68:
Von Fremden Länden und Menschen, Kuriose Geschichte, Hasche-Mann, Bittendes Kind

Florent Schmitt: Prelude in G Minor

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:

  • Chant sans Paroles, Op. 2, No. 3
  • Humoresque, Op. 10, No. 2
  • Feuillet d'Album, Op. 19, No. 3 (transpose the keyboard down an octave)
  • From The Seasons, Op. 37:  November ("Troika")
  • Most of Album for the Young, Op. 39 
  • Chanson Triste, Op. 40, No. 2 (transpose the keyboard down an octave)
  • Valse, Op. 40, No. 9

Georg Philipp Telemann:
  • Twelve Easy Chorale Preludes
  • Fantasias for Harpsichord, TWV 33:1-36

Things to think about:

  • This is NOT a list of music that is easy to play!
  • These pieces range from two octaves below middle C to three octaves above
  • Some of the pieces require long held tones, which may die out too soon (in voices named "piano")
  • Some of these pieces were written for organ; use a voice named something like "church organ" (or maybe "chapel") to play them
  • Most of the important music for piano, harpsichord, and organ is not on this list
Note added April 7, 2018: I've been expanding this list as I've run across appropriate music.  It would be good to know if anyone finds it at all helpful.

Note added January 2, 2019: Shortening my comments, and moving them to the bottom of the list.

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