Bach and the Romantics



It was Busoni who wrote that ‘every notation is, in itself, the transcription of an abstract idea. The instant the pen seizes it, the idea loses its original form.’

Jayson Gillham explores original works and romantic piano transcriptions of the works of J. S. Bach, and by way of Schumann’s picturesque Forest Scenes we arrive at the cross roads of two great traditions of German Romanticism – the Lied (art song) and the virtuoso piano transcription.

Jayson Gillham will be signing CDs in the ground floor foyer following the concert.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


J.S. Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff
Prelude from Violin Partita No.3 in E, BWV1006

J.S. Bach
Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV 904

J.S. Bach, Egon Petri
Cantata Sheep May Safely Graze BWV208

J.S. Bach
Capriccio in B-flat major, BWV992 ‘on the Departure of a Beloved Brother’

J.S. Bach, Ferruccio Busoni
Chaconne from Violin Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Robert Schumann
Waldszenen, Op.82

Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt
Erlkönig (from 12 Lieder von Franz Schubert), S.558
Der Müller und der Bach (from Müllerlieder von Franz Schubert), S.565

Robert Schumann
Widmung (from Myrthen, Op.25 No. 1), S. 566

Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt
Frühlingsnacht (from Liederkreis, Op.39 No. 12), S. 568


Jayson Gillham piano


This production is part of the following series:

Piano Series

The 2020 Piano Series features leading exponents of the piano, performing great masterpieces of the piano repertoire across the year.