What are your opinions on performing, on the piano, arrangements and transcriptions of pieces written for other instruments? Is it better to be a purist and stick with music that was written with the specific characteristics of the piano in mind? Or is it better to include arrangements/transcriptions in our repertoire since they offer other possibilities? here are my thoughts, somewhat on both sides 1. Liszt's transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies offer the chance to play Beethoven on the piano but with a much more lucid quality than Beethoven's thickly textured piano pieces--yet Beethoven's orchestral writing has just exactly that lucid quality... 2. the Lebecq sisters' two-piano recording of Rhapsody in Blue is wonderful 3. in Glazunov's ballet Raymonda, the final variation for Raymonda (played from a standard accompanist's orchestral reduction) is beautiful on the piano--what that composer could do with a repeated note! 4. it's highly upsetting to see intermediate students playing mediocre arrangements of "50 Greatest Hits" kinds of classical pieces when they could handle Clementi sonatas, Chopin preludes and other gems written for piano... so sad to miss out on that part of the tradition 5. arrangements never ever appear on repertoire lists for competitions/adjudications and such except at the most beginning levels 6. the violists and trombonists play other instruments' music all the time 7. but we already have a very large piano-native repertoire available... maybe the question is: at what point can an arrangement/transcription be considered a worthy work of art?