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Bach's Unaccompanied String Music: A New (Historical) Approach to Stylistic and Idiomatic Transcription for the Guitar

by Stanley Yates

© 1998 by Stanley Yates.
Extracts of music and text reproduced with permission of Mel Bay Publications Inc.

Part 1 - Musical Structure
Part 2 - Historical Context
Part 3 - Idiom and Style (1)
Part 4 - Idiom and Style (2)

The first version of this article was written in 1993, during my time as a doctoral student at the University of North Texas. It must have been associated with a doctoral theory class, though I don't recall which one. I presented the article as a lecture recital at the GFA convention in Northridge in 1995, which led to several offers to publish and record my arrangements of the unaccompanied cello suites. Subsequent versions have been published as follows:

"Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Music: An Approach to Stylistic and Idiomatic Transcription for the Modern Guitar." Soundboard, USA (Winter, 1996)

"Bach's Unaccompanied String Music: A New (Old) Approach to Stylistic and Idiomatic Arrangement for the Guitar." Classical Guitar Magazine, England (Nov. 1998-Feb. 1999)

"La música de Bach para cuerda sin acompañamiento: Un nuevo (viejo) enfoque idiomático y estilíistico de las transcripciones para guitarrra." 8 Sonoro, Spain (September, 1999)

The article also appears as part of the more extended discussion contained in my edition of the unaccompanied cello suites (Mel Bay Publications).