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24 Variations on a Bach Chorale

By Fred Hersch

Solo piano - SMP Level 5 (Intermediate)
Composed by Fred Hersch. Piano (Solo). Classical. Collection. With standard notation and introductory text (does not include words to the songs). 56 pages. Duration 24m. Edition Peters #EP68015. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP68015).

Item Number: PE.EP68015

ISBN 9790300749235. 9x12 inches.

These variations are by internationally-known jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch. The Chorale is 'O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden' ('O sacred head sore wounded' is the customary verse translation; the literal translation is 'O head full of blood and wounds') from J.S. Bach's Saint Matthew Passion. The secular version of the melody became known as 'The Peace Chorale (Because all men are brothers)', with lyrics by Tom Glazer; it was recorded by The Weavers, and by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Fred writes: 'After the terrible events of September 11, 2001, the powerful, timeless melody, and these hopeful words inspired these variations.'

About SMP Level 5 (Intermediate)

Seventh chords and melodies in both hands. More difficult note reading with ledger lines above and below the staff.

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  • December 21, 2018 Superb set of Variations

    Fred Hersch's "24 Variations on a Bach Chorale" is a truly excellent and unique composition that ought to be included in the collection of piano music lovers. The 24 variations form a phenomenal unity from beginning to end, exploring the full breadth of textural, harmonic, and emotional possibilities of...

    Bach's choral. Hersch's compositional style utilizing jazz idioms is compelling, powerful, and innovative.

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  • December 12, 2017 Btilliant

    To the lady who gave the bad review of this exquisite set, if you really feel that’s you couldn’t play this material in church, I’d advise you to find another church.

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  • February 09, 2015 Total Rip-off

    I regret that I bought this copy because it's nothing like Bach - like sounding but rather more like an etude. I got this book hoping that I could play for my church but no way!!!! I was very disappointed. Not worth $25 for sure!

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