Roberto Granados: What If Bach Were Progressive Metal? - Invention No. 4, BWV 775



Some of my favorite works of Baroque music are JS Bach’s 15 Inventions. They have always been incredibly fascinating to me for their counterpoint, and I thought it would be a fun challenge to arrange one as a progressive metal song. For this, I chose one of my favorite inventions, No. 4, BWV 775, (originally in D Minor but transposed here to B minor).

It’s not even a minute’s worth of music, yet this was insanely challenging to work out and took a few successive nights in a row to pull off! Basically, there are three parts going on in here - two lead guitars that respectively play the left and right hand parts of the original keyboard score, a rhythm guitar that either provides harmonic support or occasionally takes on the left hand part, and a bass track that either mirrors the rhythm guitar or follows the general harmonic motion of the piece.

This was also quite challenging to mix and get every part to stand out, but this was so much fun to do and I hope you guys like it!

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Written, performed, mixed, and mastered by Roberto Granados/The Halcyon Effect

What If Bach Were Progressive Metal? - Invention No. 4, BWV 775