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sparkyfry: Retrieved the cache. If anybody would like a nice spot for a traditional cache that actually gets found more often than this one did, this was located at N 44° 58.592 W 093° 21.331.


The Art of Transcription

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Hidden : 01/01/2010
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According to Wikipedia, "transcription" may mean "rewriting a piece of music, either solo or ensemble, for another instrument or other instruments than which it was originally intended. Transcription in this sense is sometimes called arrangement, although strictly speaking transcriptions are faithful adaptations, whereas arrangements change significant aspects of the original piece."

I've always thought that transcribing music is an under-appreciated art. Consequently, I thought I'd share some transcriptions with you. These are all transcriptions for piano, which is the instrument I play.

First off, we have a transcription of a very famous piece by J.S. Bach. This is a transcription by an Italian composer and virtuoso pianist. Let A equal the BWV number of original Bach piece.

Next up is a transcription of a famous movement of a famous Haydn Symphony, done by a French composer and virtuoso pianist. Let B equal the symphony number.

Next up is my own arrangement of a movement from Holst's suite "The Planets." Let C equal the number of the movement.

Next up is Sergei Rachmaninoff's transcription of a famous song. You may be surprised to learn that Rachmaninoff transcribed this particular song. Let D equal the number of letters in the last word of the title of the song.

Finally, we have a transcription of a famous movement from a famous string quartet by Franz Schubert. The transcription is by a German composer who time has seemed to forget, unfortunately. Let E equal the Deutsch number of the original quartet.

The cache can be found at 44 58.(A+(D to the power of C)-D-C-1), 93 21.(E-A+B-C-D). You can check your answers for this puzzle on This cache is part of the music series, and you'll want to take note of the number on the cache for future reference. No need to go near any railroad tracks to access the cache.

Thank you to markta for letting me steal the basic idea of this cache. The inspiration for this cache is markta's cache GCM4PH. If you're interested, it is available here.

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