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Bach’s Goldberg Variations Reinterpreted

This week, a fresh look at Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Many would perceive Johann Sebastian Bach’s music as timeless, but a recent CD adds authority to this belief. Thirteen contemporary composers have written pieces for piano inspired by the “Aria” from Bach’s Goldberg Variations. While the original tune is not always recognizable, each composer’s interpretation is unique and demonstrates how different people can interpret the same music.
Let’s listen to parts of Chasing Goldberg by Fred Lerdahl and Variation on Variation with Variation by Ralf Gothoni all performed by Lara Downes on the CD 13 Ways of looking at the Goldberg.

Anna Pranger

Anna Pranger moved to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue a degree in music librarianship. Before this, she worked on a degree in music history at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She serves as both an assistant producer for Harmonia and the Music Library Assistant for WFIU.

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