Jan 10, 2017
BWV 988 Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
|The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, is a work written for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach, consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations. First published in 1741, the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. The Variations are named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been the first performer.|
Baroque Era. 2 Guitars. Odd tuning. C, G, D, A, E, B. 3/4 time signature. Key of G major. 3 pages 32 bars. Zip File of 2 PDFs.
This sprightly variation contrasts markedly with the slow, contemplative mood of the theme. The rhythm in the right hand forces the emphasis on the second beat, giving rise to syncopation from bars 1 to 7. Hands cross at bar 13 from the upper register to the lower, bringing back this syncopation for another two bars. In the first two bars of the B part, the rhythm mirrors that of the beginning of the A part, but after this a different idea is introduced.
Piano Sheet played by Glenn Gould (1981 Version)