Sleepers, Awake!

Composer Players Instrument Notation Period
Bach, J.S. (1685-1750) solo guitar standard Baroque

This piece has been transcribed many times - usually for guitar and another instrument or for two guitars. These combinations are used so that the chorale melody, in the middle voice, can be projected easily through the surrounding lines. It is possible, but more difficult, to play it as a solo as in my transcription here. Every care must be taken to sound the chorale melody clearly. I have notated it with diamond-shaped noteheads to help you follow it visually. [3 pages, 152KB]

An excellent analysis and demonstration of the necessary technique can viewed on Kevin R. Gallagher's Facebook page found at:

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