Music Club: Wednesday 21 January 2014 (7 pm)
Title: The Goldberg Variations
Composer: J. S. Bach
Performers: Glenn Gould
Facilitator: Akram Najjar
The Goldberg Variations: (Adapted from Wikipedia Click Here)
The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, is a work for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach, consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations. First published in 1741, the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. The Variations are named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been the first performer. Refer to the Wikipedia page for a detailed analysis of each variation.
Glenn Gould: is one of the key pianists of the 20th century. He started his career with a recording of the Goldberg Variations, achieved instant fame and after a years, stopped all concert giving. He moved into recording and was often in the studio performing some of the iconic works in the repertoire. Although he is mostly known for performances of Bach, Gould has championed modern music, composed a little and was often part of interesting chamber groups. His last recording was a video performance of the Goldberg Variations which we will see tonight.
Interesting Links on Glenn Gould:
Click Here Wikipedia
Click Here Official Gould Site
Click Here You Tube Clip
Interesting Links on the Goldberg Variations:
Click Here (Discovering Music – a BBC audio program about the Goldberg Variations)