Busoni followed in the footsteps of Liszt and von Bülow with his keen interest in Bach, and in adapting his music to the aesthetics of the modern pianoforte. He liked to present the music of Bach as the foundation from which music evolved and as building blocks in music education and piano technique. In France, a similar approach had already taken root with Saint-Saëns and the Ecole Niedermeyer, where Bach’s music was the daily bread for organ students. In the harp world, Renié and Grandjany were direct heirs to this legacy in their own transcription work.
This particular arrangement is presented “ready to play”, with fingerings elucidating the voicing and pedals marked for ease of approach.