Bach – Toccata and Fugue in Dm – Philip Hii

Philip Hii’s arrangement and performance of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is a milestone achievement in the history of the classical guitar. Barriers were broken.

Impressed by the musical judgment behind the creation of this arrangement, fascinated by the rare powers of technical execution I was hearing, and thankful that Philip Hii had pulled it all together and put it out there, I listened to this recording many times when it first came out back in the ’90s. (Listen to the brilliant samples.)

Later, I bought the sheet music and tried to play the arrangement, but it was beyond me. I almost couldn’t believe that anyone could play it.

Today, from a link on Philip Hii’s website (pronounced “hee,” by the way), I discovered this video on YouTube. What a treat for me!

Seeing is believing.. 🙂

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  1. Parrish

    Philip Hii is certainly an incredible musician. The performance was phenomenal. I have got one of his CD’s from GSP and keep it in my treasure chest. Thanks for allowing me to view the performance. Best wishes!

  2. JPD

    Thanks for the comment, Parrish!

  3. steve

    yes,thank you,what a marvel…how could i get this sheet music/notes/ in classical format not tab….

  4. John Saldivar

    This fellow was my teacher for many years! I saw him play it many times. I liked the more legato rendition he did earlier on before he tried to play like Barrueco all stacatto he played more like John Williams and Segovia as noted in his CD liner notes…

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