J. S. Bach Goldberg Variations

J. S. Bach Goldberg Variations Transcribed by József Eötvös 80 pages $24.99. CD $19.95 Book and CD $44.94

   Mel Bay Publications, Inc., and Chanterelle Verlag of Heidelburg proudly presents this landmark solo guitar transcription of the Bach Goldberg Variations BWV 988. Hailed by guitar savants as the guitar transcription of the century, these skillful, challenging settings of Bach's Aria and 30 variations are intended for advanced classic guitarist. This book is written in standard notation only with suggested ornaments and articulations.

   Johann Sebastian Bach's impressive sequence of variations, known to us as the "Goldberg Variations," was written for a keyboard instrument about 1741 as the 4th part of "Clavier Übung." Allegedly, it was intended to be performed by Johann Gottlieb Goldberg. The original version of the Goldberg Variations, written for harpsichord, is a highly taxing piece for any performer. It requires crossed hands, with double and chord trills. The guitar version involves additional hardships, such as the transcription for a modern instrument in general and, in particular, achieving idiomatic solutions for articulations problems caused by the fundamental difference between keyboard and plucked instruments. Performer József Eötvös here performs his own transcriptions, wherein the interpretation and the soloist's concept of articulation emphasize his deep knowledge of style, making it almost seem that the work was originally composed for guitar.


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