Found in Translation

Transcription and arranging is translating. Sometimes it’s awkward to translate from piano music to guitar like taking German poetry and putting it into English.

But the act of doing it, no matter how successful, opens our horizons. It let’s us examine how a composer’s music works in our language, like reading foreign literature in English.

We can appreciate a writer much more when we can read his works. Can’t the same be said for music?

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