Véronique Gobet, pianiste

J.-S. Bach: Goldberg Variations


Goldberg Variations were ordered to the composer by Count Keyserling, a former Russian ambassador to the court of Saxony. He wanted to full his insomnia by letting his personal harpsichordist, a pupil of Bach, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, play some of them.

It is a work of coherence, at the same time formal, mathematical and intellectual. For instance: these short pieces are grouped by three ("divine" digit) and the third variation of each cycle is a canon. At the end of the first cycle, the voices imitate themselves at the same level (unison), at the end of the second cycle, they imitate themselves at a distance of a second, at the end of the third, with a distance of a third, and so on.

Published in 1741 - Bach was then 60 years old and had already proved everything - this master piece shows the musician enjoying his genius in designing brilliant style exercises. In this tremendous piece of Art, you will meet creativity, imagination, deep expression, surprises, humor and extraordinary sensitivity.

Véronique comments this monument of the Baroque keyboard literature.

These brief oral supplements will be divided into two sections, inserted in the 30 short pieces. Duration of the concert with commentaries and intermission: about 1 hour 50 minutes.


Le récital est composé de l'oeuvre suivante:

Johann Sebastian Bach - Variations Godlberg, BWV 988 (1741)
Variation I a 1 Clav.
Variation II a 1 Clav.
Variation III a 1 Clav. Canone all’unisono
Variation IV a 1 Clav.
Variation V a 1 ovvero 2 Clav
Variation VI a 1 Clav. Canone alla seconda
Variation VII a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Variation VIII a 2 Clav
Variation IX a 1 Clav. Canone alla terza
Variation X a 1 Clav. Fughetta
Variation XI a 2 Clav.
Variation XII a 1 Clav. Canone alla quarta
Variation XIII a 2 Clav.
Variation XIV a 2 Clav.
Variation XV a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta
Variation XVI a 1 Clav. Ouverture
Variation XVII a 2 Clav.
Variation XVIII a 1 Clav. Canone alla Sesta
Variation XIX a 1 Clav.
Variation XXI a 1 Clav. Canone alla Settima
Variation XXII a 1 Clav. Alla breve
Variation XX a 2 Clav
Variation XXIII a 2 Clav.
Variation XXIV a 1 Clav. Canone all’Ottava
Variation XXV a 2 Clav. Adagio
Variation XXVI a 2 Clav.
Variation XXVII a 2 Clav. Canone alla Nona
Variation XXVIII a 2 Clav.
Variation XXIX a 1 ovvero 2 Clav
Variation XXX a 2 Clav. Quodlibet

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