Jan 13, 2017
BWV 988 Goldberg Variations 4 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. Solo Guitar. Drop D tuning. 3/8 time signature. Key of G major. 3 pages 33 bars.
Like the passepied, a Baroque dance movement, this variation is in 3/8 time with a preponderance of quaver rhythms. Bach uses close but not exact imitation: the musical pattern in one part reappears a bar later in another (sometimes inverted).