Transcriptions

One of my good friends once asked me, There is no way to compete with the beauty of natural voice, or the capabilities and power of an orchestra’s sonority; what sense does it make for you to create transcriptions for the piano?

It was a good question. I answered, do you like black & white photos?

With all the progress in technology, and the infinite possibilities it affords us now, black and white art remains one of the most stylish and creative ways to express an artist’s viewpoint. The lack of vivid color forces an artist to capture the form and essence of his work, not merely some colorful decoration. To this, I can make a comparison to the genre of piano transcription: my goal is always to clarify the sense and soul of the music I choose to arrange for the piano, and to make it sound natural on the piano.

The process of creating any piano transcription is completely unique each and every time. I very much enjoy this unpredictability, and love when a spontaneous idea comes into my mind and yields an absolutely new and fresh vision of the music with which I am working.

piano solo

piano duo, trio & quartet

two pianos & choir

piano & orchestra

chamber

cadenzas




3 Comments

  1. Alexandre Safi

    Hello Mr. Gryaznov!

    First of all, I wanted to say I am tremendously humbled that someone like you exists, with such a level of dedication to his instrument…
    I just showed my mother how much I admired your Prélude à l’apres-midi d’un faune transcription and how much you manage to make the piano as a solo instrument even rival this orchestral piece in particular!
    I simply wanted to send this message to ask you if there’s anyway I could buy a pdf of your very own transcription for 2 pianos of the Rite of Spring?

    I’m doing an intensive study for developing my score-reading skills, starting with Bach’s piano works all the way to the 20th century orchestral music and I believe your transcription could incredibly assist me in achieving my own goals!

    Needless to say I plan to buy your other transcriptions as well in Schott editions.
    Unfortunately I only have a PayPal account so far, but it never costs to ask!

    My sincere gratitude to you for all your contributions to the world, sir!
    You are a treasure for the Arts
    -Alexandre-

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  2. JH

    Absolutely marvelous arrangements!!! (And performances!)

    I did not find the piano part/scores in the zip files for your arrangements of Rachmaninoff Romance for 6 hands and Temnoff Quadrille. Is there a way to get them?

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  3. wolf dominique

    Fantastic transcription !!!! bravo !
    As a piano composer, I can appreciate !
    Please, I want to ask you if you are interested to record my 22 piano romantic studies. The musical qualities and difficulties are similar to the chopin ?tudes !
    If you want ot have a look, please give my a mail adress where I can sent to you the scores and audio extract.
    Sincerely
    Dominique

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