Variation 7

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These are program notes from our May 28, 2017 concert.

Bach’s Goldberg variation number 7

This collection of pieces begins with an Aria which is the Theme and from it Bach makes 30 different variations.  Often in this type of work the melody of the theme is what is varied. Bach however chooses to build his variations on a G major descending scale pattern like this: G, F#, E, D, B, C, D, G. Above each of these notes he builds a ...

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The maestro’s take of Golbderg variations

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The Goldberg Variations have long been a favourite of mine. I was introduced to this wonderful work through Glenn Gould’s 1980 recording, which is still my preferred interpretation. When I began working with Rosewood Consort I immediately saw a close match between the counterpoint of Bach’s music and the recorder. I therefore undertook the task of transcribing the work—originally written for harpsichord—for recorders. I first selected the movements most appropriate for the ensemble, then began the process of creating a ...

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