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Goldberg Variations cover THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS
Johann Sebastian Bach

Hugh Banton, organ

According to legend J.S. Bach wrote The Goldberg Variations in 1740 as a commission for Count Keyserlingk, former Russian envoy to the court of Saxony.

Originally written for two-manual harpsichord, the work very naturally transposes to the organ, and the tonal possibilities of this multi-keyboard instrument add a clarity to the two-part and three-part counterpoint not always evident in more familiar renditions.

The work starts and ends with an Aria, to which the 30 variations are linked by bass-line and harmony alone - in effect thirty very individual pieces.
Listen to the demo tracks...

1 - Aria 12 - Variation 11 23 - Variation 22
2 - Variation 1 13 - Variation 12 24 - Variation 23
3 - Variation 2 14 - Variation 13 25 - Variation 24
4 - Variation 3 15 - Variation 14 26 - Variation 25
5 - Variation 4 16 - Variation 15 27 - Variation 26
6 - Variation 5 17 - Variation 16 28 - Variation 27
7 - Variation 6 18 - Variation 17 29 - Variation 28
8 - Variation 7 19 - Variation 18 30 - Variation 29
9 - Variation 8 20 - Variation 19 31 - Variation 30
10 - Variation 9 21 - Variation 20 32 - Aria
11 - Variation 10 22 - Variation 21  

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