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Bach-L. Fradkin
Arrangements/Transcriptions of Bach's Works & Bach-inspired Works by Les Fradkin

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Works

Work

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Year

Synthesizer/MIDI Guitar

   

One Link Between Them
Featured Instrument: Starr Labs Ztar (Midi Guitar)
Accompaniment: The Ztar Virtual Orchestra
Duration: 39 min
Publisher: Fradkin 2000 Music (ASCAP)
Bach-inspired:
1. Lift Off: Based on WTC 1: Prelude No. 2 in C minor, BWV 847, but a different Melody and played in A Minor.
6. Warp Drive-Original Composition inspired by Bach
9. A Dim Twilight-(aka System Crash) - Original Composition inspired by Bach.
Lift Off , Warp Drive and A Dim Twilight Instrumentation:
Ztar Moog Modular Lead, Ztar Touch Orchestra, 12 Violins (Principale, II, III and IV), 9 Violas, 3 Celli, 2 Double Basses (Violone), 2 Harpsichords, 1 Hammond B-3 Organ, 1 Acoustic Guitar, 1 Electric Rhythm Guitar, 1 Electric Lead Guitar, 1 Electric Bass Guitar, 2 Mellotrons, 1 Synthesizer, Drums, 2 Drum Loops

 

2008

     

Baroque Rocks!
Featured Instrument: Starr Labs Ztar (Midi Guitar)
Accompaniment: The Ztar Virtual Orchestra
Duration: 48 min
Publisher: Fradkin 2000 Music (ASCAP)
Bach-inspired:
Air On A G String
Baroque and Roll, inspired by Bach
Air On A G String Instrumentation:
Ztar Roland SH2000 Lead (Soprano Saxophone Sample), 3 Violins (Principale) , 3 Violins II, 3 Violas, 3 Celli, 1 Harpsichord, 1 Mellotron (MKII Violins), 1 Electric Bass, Drums

 

2009

     

Christmas Joy
Featured Instrument: Starr Labs Ztar (Midi Guitar)
Accompaniment: The Ztar Virtual Orchestra
Duration: 6 min
Publisher: Fradkin 2000 Music (ASCAP)
Bach-inspired:
1. Joy Of Man's Desiring
2. O Come All Ye Faithful
Joy Of Man's Desiring and O Come All Ye Faithful Instrumentation:
Ztar Moog Modular Lead, Ztar Touch Orchestra, 12 Violins (Principale, II, III and IV), 9 Violas, 3 Celli, 2 Double Basses (Violone), 2 Harpsichords, 1 Hammond B-3 Organ, 1 Acoustic Guitar, 1 Electric 12 String Guitar, 1 Electric Lead Guitar, 1 Electric Bass Guitar, 2 Mellotrons, 1 Synthesizer, Drums

 

2011

     

Suite for Ztar and Orchestra in G Minor Op. 1 No. 1 (after Johann Sebastian Bach: PD Trad. Arr. by Les Fradkin)
Featured Instrument: Starr Labs Ztar (Midi Guitar)
Accompaniment: The Ztar Virtual Orchestra
Duration: 48 min
Publisher: Fradkin 2000 Music (ASCAP)
Score: Finale 2012

 

2013

Composition Details:
1. Presto: Based on the Presto 4th Movement of the Sonata for Solo Violin in G Minor (After Sonata for solo violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001). The introduction uses custom designed Synthesizer arpeggiations blended with Electric guitar, Orchestra and Timpani. The main theme is the 4th Presto Movement. The innovation is the Orchestral accompaniment, which, of course, does not exist in Bach's original Movement.
This Presto is also available as a Classical Single "Presto Changeo" at Amazon and iTunes.
Presto Instrumentation:
Ztar Moog Modular Lead, 3 Violins (Principale), 2 Lead Electric Guitars, 1 Electric Rhythm Guitar, 1 Acoustic Guitar, 1 Hammond Organ, 2 Mellotrons, 2 Double Basses, 2 Timpani, 4 French Horns, Electric Bass Guitar, 3 Synthesizers, Drums

   

2. Presto Variationi (aka "The Presto Variations"): Variations composed by Les Fradkin based on the 1st Movement of the Suite.
Presto Varitioni Instrumentation:
Ztar Moog Modular Lead, 3 Violins (Principale), 2 Lead Electric Guitars, 1 Electric Rhythm Guitar, 1 Acoustic Guitar, 1 Hammond Organ, 2 Mellotrons, 2 Double Basses, 2 Timpani, 4 French Horns, Electric Bass Guitar, 3 Synthesizers, Drums

   

3. Adagio: This is, of course, the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (after Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV 565). But it's orchestrated with new sounds, instead of a Pipe Organ and the ending of the fugue features new compositions, intertwined with Bach's score. The Toccata is performed using two handed tapping on the Ztar and uses Monophonic and Polyphonic layered tunings.
Toccata Instrumentation:
Ztar Moog Modular Ld, 3 Violins Principale), 3 Violins II, 3 Celli, 2 Double Basses
Fugue Instrumentation:
Ztar Moog Modular Ld, Ztar Touch Orchestra, 3 Violins (Principale), 3 Violins II, 3 Celli, 2 Double Basses, 1 Electric Rhythm Guitar. 2 Electric Lead Guitars, Electric Bass Guitar, Drums

   

4. Allegro Vivace: The Double In B Minor (after Partita for solo violin No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002) played at a much faster speed than the traditional Bach version. Additionally, the middle breaks into a new composition using various Synthesizers, all played by Les on the Starr Labs Ztar.
Double In B Minor Instrumentation:
Ztar Moog Modular Lead, 12 Violins (Principale, II, III and IV), 3 Celli, 4 French Horns, 2 Lead Electric Guitars, 3 Electric Rhythm Guitars, 2 Timpani, Electric Bass, 3 Synthesizers, Drums, Shakers, Tambourine

   

5. Moderatamente: The Badinerie in B Minor (after Orchestra Suite No. 2 BWV 1067). The introduction is a newly composed piece for Spanish Guitar, played on the Ztar.
The middle newly composed section uses two contrasting solos. And there are 6 Dr. Octo REX Drum loops playing in sync with the Drummer and the Orchestra.
Badinerie Instrumentation:
Ztar Classical Guitar, Ztar Moog Modular Lead, Ztar Super Saw Lead, Ztar Touch Orchestra, 2 Lead Electric Guitars, Mellotron String Section, 2 Flutes, 3 Violins (Principale), 3 Violins (II), 3 Violas, 3 Celli, 2 Double Basses, 1 Electric Bass Guitar, 1 Acoustic Guitar, 1 Arco Electric Cello, 6 Synthesizers, Drums, Shakers and 6 Dr. Octo REX Drum Loops

   

6. Allegro: Based on Toccata & Fugue in D minor ("Dorian"), BWV 538. But played at Warp speed, relative to the original version. And re-orchestrated, as well.
Dorian Toccata Instrumentation:
Ztar Moog Modular Ld, 1 Synthesizer, 3 Violins, 3 Celli, 2 Double Basses, 1 Digital Piano, 1 Harpsichord, 1 Electric Bass, 1 Mellotron, 1 Flute, Drums, 2 Drum Loops, 1 String Loop

   

7. Allegro Modertamente: Concerto for 2 harpsichords, strings & continuo No. 3 in C minor, BWV 1062, re orchestrated and realized with new scales and TWO Drummers.
Allegro Modertamente Double Concerto Instrumentation:
Ztar Moog Modular Lead, 6 Violins, 3 Celli, 2 Double Basses, Moog Bass, 2 Drummers

   

8. Vivacemente: Based on Invention No. 8 in F major, BWV 779. Re Orchestrated with String Quartet as played on the Ztar.
Vivacemente Invention No. 8 Instrumentation:
Ztar and String Quartet

   

9. Lentamente: Sleepers Wake (from Cantata BWV 140) re orchestrated. Of particular note is the use of Vibes and Piano in place of the French Horn and the arpeggios in the Coda, synced to the tempo of the music bed.
Sleeper's Wake Instrumentation:
Ztar Synth Leads, 3 Violins, 3 Violas, 3 Celli, 2 Double Basses, Vibraphone, Digital Piano, Moog Bass, Drums, 1 Dr. Octo REX Loop

   

10. Allegro: Based on the 1st Movement of Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048. The introduction is different, and newly composed. The Celli achieve an Echo Etude effect, followed by the Virtual Orchestra, stating the main theme. Then, the rock rhythm section enters, using two drummers, two basses, and the full orchestra.
Allegro Brandenburg 3 Instrumentation:
Ztar Moog Modular Lead, Ztar Touch Orchestra, 12 Violins (Principale, II, III and IV), 9 Violas, 3 Celli, 2 Double Basses (Violone), 2 Harpsichords, 1 Electric Cello, 3 Unison Violins, 3 Unison Violas, 3 Unison Celli, 1 Electric Bass Guitar, 2 Mellotrons, 1 Synthesizer, Drums, 2 Dr. Octo REX Loops

   

11. Finale-Allegro: Based on the 1st Movement of Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050. The introduction is newly composed using synced arpeggiations.
The main theme is now accompanied by Electric 12 string guitar, drums and electric bass. Of particular note is the addition of Organ for some of the continuo counterpoint.
The Cadis recast as a Ztar finale, and orchestrated with various synthesizers in addition to the traditional Harpsichord. The end of the Cadenza, is now, orchestrated and leads into the Coda recapitulation of the main theme.
Finale - Allegro Brandenburg 5 Instrumentation:
Ztar Moog Modular Ld, Ztar Saw Ld, 3 Violins (Principale), 3 Violins II, 3 Violas, 3 Celli, 2 Double Basses, 2 Flutes, 2 Harpsichords, 1 Hammond Organ, 1 Elelctric Lead Guitar, 2 Acoustic Guitars, 2 Electric 12-String Guitars, 2 Arpeggiator Synthesizers, 2 Saw Pulse Synthesizers, Moog Bass, Electric Bass Guitar, Mellotron Stab Strings, Drums, Shaker, Cowbell, Reverse Drums

   
     

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Prepared by Aryeh Oron (August 2013 - September 2013)
Thanks to contributors: Les Fradkin (August 2011)

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