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Robert Schumann - Missa Sacra in C minor, Op. 147: I. Kyrie

I transcribed the ballet from act 1 of Gluck’s “Orphee  et Eurydice” into ableton.

Rather curious, yet awesome find. The very first recording of the Goldberg Variations by Bach, and it is played on a traditional harpischord.

This was a quick transcription into ableton last night after work, which only took about an hour or so due to how relatively simple the sheet music for it was. This is G.P. da Palestrina’s “Magnificat, Tone 1”, which on synths sounds less like a sacred piece and more like the opening to a 80s space videogame.

"Never help to circulate bad compositions; on the contrary, help to suppress them with earnestness. You should neither play bad compositions, nor, unless compelled, listen to them." - Robert Schumann in "Advice to Young Musicians"

I had a lot of fun transcribing that Schubert piece the other day, and I want to continue transcribing pieces to synthesizers for practice and to improve my knowledge. If any of you were interested, once I have enough of them finished, I could upload them as a collection to download for those of you who enjoy synth music. I was probably going to transcribe a lot of pieces I haven’t heard before to be suprised as to what they sound like, so it wouldn’t be a by the numbers Top 100 Classical Pieces type deal. I think it would also be a great, easy way to get people to try and explore classical music more. Would any of you be interested in such a thing in the future?

Damn, I spent all day doing this. I loved doing that transcription of sheet music into ableton as practice the other day, so I figured today I would challenge myself even further in practice. I really loved the first 3 minutes of that Schubert piece from his 6th Mass that I posted last night, so I was determined to get the sheet music and transcribe it to synthesizers in ableton. This was a bigger challenge than yesterday’s song, this has bass clef, tenor clef, alto clef, treble clef, and soprano clef, and it is in 12/8 time, along with the fact that it has so many voices going on, I only transcribed 7 voices to fit synthesizers appropriately. (I’ll never transcribe clarinets/oboes because not a single good synth woodwind could be found to play what the piece asked of it without it sounding bad) But at 7 voices, and 24 bars a voice that is 168 bars of music I had to write for just this loop. I’m still proud of myself for being able to transcribe this whole thing into ableton from the sheet music by myself and it sounding relatively good. I hope you all enjoy this, it came out sounding like one of those 50s-60s electronic records.

Franz Schubert - Mass No. 6 in E flat major, D950 - VII. Et incarnates est

So I spent most of this morning translating this simple sheet music from Dragon Quest VIII into Ableton to play it with synths. It was mostly practicing to reinforce reading notation accurately and quickly, as well as writing it in sequence on modern DAWs correctly. Despite not being able to properly articulate staccato in ableton, I think it turned out pretty cool sounding nonetheless, and think it is a pretty cool version of a song I already like a lot. I’m glad that there aren’t too many mistakes and that I’ve memorized notation quite well to the point that I never had to consult to any outside references.

Domineco Scarlatti - Piano Sonata in B Minor L33, K87 (Vladimir Horowitz live in Moscow, 1986)

I think B Minor is the best key.