This is my arrangement of the Prelude to Act III of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde. My methodology was to transcribe the music from a recording first, and then to check my arrangement with a score. This way I was able to make a much better approximation of the sound of the orchestral original than a note-for-note transcription would have produced.

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Tristan and Isolde


And here is my very literal arrangement for solo piano of Duke Ellington's Satin Doll, transcribed by ear from various of his big band recordings. I aimed to include all the elements of the multi-instrumental original while still keeping the arrangement pianistic and playable.

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Satin Doll