THE KAREN GREENHALGH AWARDS FOR TRANSCRIPTION/ARRANGEMENTArrangements and transcriptions flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries. They were the means by which amateur musicians could enjoy great operas, oratorios, symphonies, songs, string quartets, etc. With the advent of recordings and overzealousness for "authenticity," arrangements and transcriptions have fallen somewhat out of favor. In some festivals and competitions they are even disallowed, for fear that students will play tacky, watered-down versions of the great masterworks. We have, as they say, "thrown the baby out with the bath water." We seek to encourage a renewed zeal for tasteful arrangements and transcriptions by offering this award.
For lots of great ideas for repertory, check your library for:The Pianist's Guide to Transcriptions, Arrangements and Paraphrases by Maurice Hinson, 1990, ISBN 0-253-32745-8, Indiana University Press.
For more ideas, contact:Dr. Koji Attwood, piano faculty, Gifted Music School, Salt Lake City, UT (he has written many outstanding transcriptions in the grand tradition of the 19th century): firstname.lastname@example.org. His transcriptions are published by Abundant Silence.
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