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New Variations on the Goldberg Theme by Various Composers

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Piano/Keyboard - SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced)
New Variations on the Goldberg Theme by Various Composers. Composed by Various. Piano (Solo). Edition Peters. Modern. Book. 66 pages. Duration 00:50:00. Edition Peters #98-EP68122. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP68122).

Item Number: PE.EP68122

ISBN 9790300754673. English.

These 12 eclectic new variations on the orignal Bach aria were commissioned by the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival for pianist Gilbert Kalish, who gave the first performance at the Festival on May 2, 2004 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

About SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced)

4 and 5-note chords spanning more than an octave. Intricate rhythms and melodies.

  • Aria, from The Goldberg Variations BWV 988  Performed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Rube Goldberg Variation  Performed by C. Curtis-Smith
  • The Gilmore Variation  Performed by Jennifer Higdon
  • Ghost Variation  Performed by Mischa Sarche Zupko
  • Fantasy Variation  Performed by Stanley Walden
  • Variation Fugato  Performed by Bright Sheng
  • Variation 13, from Goldberg Variations BWV 988  Performed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • My Goldberg (Gymnopedie No. 1)  Performed by David Del Tredici
  • Chasing Goldberg  Performed by Fred Lerdahl
  • Yet Another Goldberg Variation (for left hand alone) (Canon Inversa)  Performed by William Bolcom
  • Goldmore Variation  Performed by Lukas Foss
  • Variation on Variation with Variation  Performed by Ralf Gothoni
  • Melancholy Minuet  Performed by Fred Hersch
  • Aria (reprise), from Goldberg Variations BWV 988  Performed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 3

    James Elkins
    Williamstown, MA
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  • January 11, 2012 Uneven, but interesting

    This collection assembles 13 contemporary composers’ variations on the Aria from the Goldberg Variations. It has gotten a fair amount of publicity on the internet, including Lara Downes’s fundraising drive. Yet there is very little criticism; the sequenza21 review is mainly positive. But this is a very uneven collection...

    . The best pieces include Mischa Zupko’s expressive and dissonant “Ghost Variation�; Derek Bermel’s ferocious piece, which can’t seem to decide how to engage Bach (an entirely appropriate response); the weird conglomeration of Bach and Satie in David Del Tredici’s neo-romantic variation; Fred Lerdahl’s precise but monotonous staccato variation; and especially Lukas Foss’s “Goldmore Variation,� which is a strong and nuanced response to the Aria. Most of these pieces are intermediate in difficulty; a couple, like Lerdahl’s, require a lot of practice.

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