Goldberg-Variationen, BWV 988 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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zpletan (2012/2/17)

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Performer Pages Kimiko Ishizaka (Piano)
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Misc. Notes Open Goldberg Variations. Recorded in Teldex Studio, Berlin, 2012. Bösendorfer 290 Imperial. Anne-Marie Sylvestre, Producer
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Performer Pages Janet Seitzer (Piano)
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Misc. Notes Recorded 1981 (mono)
Unfortunately, the original reel-to-reel tape ran out during Variation 20, so the only version available from that point to the end of the work is of much lower quality
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Performers Giacomo Andreola
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Editor First edition
Publisher. Info. Nuremberg: Balthasar Schmid, n.d.(ca.1741). Plate 16.
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Misc. Notes Facsimile of Bach's personal copy ('Handexemplar') located in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France [Rés. Vm. ms. 949]. The 14 canons upon the first part of the basso appear at the end on a separate page. Some restoration done on title-page. See discussion page for list of hand-written additions.
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Misc. Notes 18th-century manuscript copy of the Balthasar Schmid edition.
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Peter (2008/7/26)

Editor Carl Czerny (1791–1857)
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Publisher. Info. Leipzig: C.F. Peters, No.209, n.d.(ca.1850). Plate 2747.
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Editor Christoph Wolff
Publisher. Info. Kassel: Barenreiter Verlag, 1977. BA 5162.
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Misc. Notes Complete edition incl. Verschiedene Canones über die ersteren acht Fundamental-Noten der Arie, BWV 1087.
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Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, Ed.4315, 1915. Plate 27461
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Misc. Notes Aria and Vars.4-5, 9-10, 13, 16, 18, 22, 25, 29-30
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Variation 10

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Variation 22

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Variation 30 (Quodlibet)

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General Information

Work Title Goldberg-Variationen
Alternative. Title Goldberg Variations ; Aria mit 30 Veränderungen ; Clavier-Übung IV
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 988 ; BC L9 ; Op.4
Key G major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's Aria and 30 variations
First Publication. 1741 (as Clavier-Übung IV)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation clavier

Misc. Comments

  • For a list of handwritten changes in Bach's personal copy, see the Talk Page