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Keith Jarrett Music

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:46 pm
I'd be curious to know if many of you are currently playing Keith Jarrett's music as it seems that more and more his music is played by classical pianists in concerts
for example this recent concert
there are a few more videos on youtube of the Köln Concert played live.
for example
I've heard also that the Köln Concert is teached in some piano conservatories now.
I"ve been playing the Köln and some other pieces for a long time but I'm not sure that a rendition note by note is the best way to play his music and anyway I don't have a suffcient technique to do so for some parts. I'd be interested in impressions, suggestions, remarks ... of anyone who is playing his music as I really believe that some of his compositions or improvisations will remain in the classical repertoire.

Re: Keith Jarrett Music

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:41 am
by quercus
There's something "not quite right" about playing transcriptions of improvised pieces, but I confess that I enjoy dabbling with them. For me, that category includes ragtime, stride and novelty piano, in addition to Keith Jarrett.

Many of the great composers had reputations as fantastic improvisers, but that seems to be uncommon for today's classical pianists. It's become rare to hear a pianist who will compose a cadenza for a concerto, much less improvise one during a concert! So in some ways, I think a good jazz pianist has more innate musicianship than many of today's classically trained pianists (creating vs reproducing).

But enough of that...

I've accumulated dozens of KJ transcriptions over the years. Most of the better quality ones are available for free at But if there's something you're looking for, let me know and I'll share it if I have it.

- Bill

Re: Keith Jarrett Music

Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:19 pm
by HTIEKFR ... vic-olsen/

"une pierre à l'édifice"

Things moving slowly but no doubt KJ's piano improvised muic will be recognize someday (and not only by jazzmen) for what it is : pure genius...

Best regards

PS In the fisrt link you can find most of transcriptions available on the net

Re: Keith Jarrett Music

Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:16 pm
By the way Bill I'm looking for the transcription of part 1 recorded by Vic Olsen
I know some transcriptions exist, you can see some pianists playing from a score on youtube but I didn't succeed to get it so far.
So if you have it I'll be very glad to get my eyes and my fingers on it

Re: Keith Jarrett Music

Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:07 pm
by quercus
Not sure which transcription Vic is using - probably his own, at least in part. But I do have several transcriptions from Bregenz that might be of interest. Part 1 is handwritten and only covers the first half (the guy I've seen playing it on youtube also leaves it incomplete). The others are typeset and are complete.
Bregenz - part 1.pdf
Bregenz - part 2.pdf
Heartland - Bregenz - Savary.pdf
Heartland - Bregenz - Grossnick.pdf
- Bill

Re: Keith Jarrett Music

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:44 pm
Next wednesday Aug 20th - 12h35 : a concert by pianist Andréi Korobeinikov will be broadcast on France Musique recorded in Paris on Aug 2nd
He will play Bach Beethoven & Joplin
He will start with 1st part of Köln concert by Keith Jarrett
You can listen to the concert till sept 19th

Re: Keith Jarrett Music

Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:50 am
For those who would like to play some transcriptions here's a page including several interesting links