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Parkening Plays Bach

Guitar Solo

By Johann Sebastian Bach

Guitar - Difficulty: medium-difficult
Guitar Solo. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Christopher Parkening. Guitar Collection. Baroque. Guitar solo book. With standard guitar notation and introductory text. 24 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.699104).

Item Number: HL.699104

ISBN 9780793585267. 9x12 inches.

Nine transcriptions edited and fingered by Parkening: Preludes I, VI & IX * Gavottes I & II * Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring * Sheep May Safely Graze * Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stemme * Be Thou with Me * Sleepers Awake (2 guitars).

  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (From Cantata No. 147) 
  • Prelude No. I (Well-Tempered Clavier) 
  • Prelude No. VI (Well-Tempered Clavier) 
  • Prelude No. IX (Well-Tempered Clavier) 
  • Sheep May Safely Graze (from Cantata No. 208) 
  • Sleepers, Awake! (from Cantata No. 140) 
  • Be Thou With Me a 
  • Gavotte I & II (from 5th Cello Suite) 
  • Prelude 

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  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Jeff Whittington
    San Francisco, CA
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  • August 27, 2008 Great transcriptions at a low price

    Thanks to Mr Parkening for making such great music available to us poor folk. I bought this mainly for Rick Foster's Jesu, which is almost perfect; it also contains Foster's Sheep and Chris's own terrific Sleepers and Clavier Preludes 1 and 6. Be warned, the first Prelude...

    has been transposed from the original D to C; not sure if anything was lost in the process, but it's actually quite easy to learn off the recording. Also, I did not experience the page turn problem; the book actually seems quite thoughtfully laid out to avoid page turns where possible. I'll be buying more of Chris' books.

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  • 3

    S. Baxter
    Thunder Bay, ON
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  • February 10, 2007 Good Music, poor layout

    I became interested in this book because I have Parkeing's recording, of the same title. The music is great and fingerings are easy to follow but there are too many unneccesary page turns. If pieces 2 pages long required no page turning I would have given it 5 stars...

    . Right now almost every peice requires photocopying at least one page to avoid a page turn. Very annoying.

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  • 5

    Pittsburgh, Pa
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  • June 10, 2006 here it is...

    A life time of work learning to play these properly no doubt but completely worth the effort. What other composer makes the struggle so worth while? Harvey's comment about Prelude #1 is right on the money! What a spiritual oasis (if you will... and you will!!) that tune is...

    . Thanks JS.

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  • 5

    Harvey Mintz
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  • March 22, 2006 Magnificent

    The transcription for Prelude #1 in C Maj from the Well-Tempered Clavier alone is worth the price. As it the transcription for Jesus Joy of Man's Desiring. These are difficult but stunning.

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