arrangement

“in music, traditionally, any adaptation of a composition to fit a medium other than that for which it was originally written, while at the same time retaining the general character of the original.”

“Arnold Schoenberg in turn made many elaborate orchestral arrangements of music by Bach, Georg Matthias Monn and Brahms that amount to actual recomposition….”

I am intrigued by the idea of Schoenberg “recomposing” Bach and Brahms.  Given that Schoenberg’s own music is hyper-intellectual to the point of ugliness (in my opinion), what would his arrangements of Bach (one of my favorites) and a Romantic such as Brahms sound like?

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