Throughout this Bach birthday week — he was born 327 years ago Wednesday — we'll explore the Goldbergs with guests like Harvard professor Christoph Wolff (click the audio link above), the director of the Bach Archive in Leipzig, who helps put the music in context. Gould's recording is brilliantly fast, precise and transparent. Bach's 'Goldberg Variations': Infinite Worlds Out Of Eight (Borrowed) Notes ; Why I Hate The 'Goldberg Variations' The Biggest Jazz Riff Ever Written:' Jeremy Denk's 'Goldberg Variations' Bach and Friends DVD (Lawrence 2010) Simone Dinnerstein on the Goldberg Aria Join the conversation this week in the comments sections of our stories, also on Facebook and Twitter @ #NPRGoldberg. Jeremy Denk discusses Beethoven's 4th Concerto. TV Schedules; Radio Schedules; Listen/Stream; Donate; Home; About Us. "I wouldn't want to argue about it," Wolff says. Around 1741, Bach published a long and complicated keyboard piece, calling it Aria with diverse variations for a harpsichord with two manuals (keyboards). Still, with the retirement of Alfred Brendel, he is my favorite pianist, my favorite musician and I … There's nothing facile or formulaic about the variations, but Denk says they are linked by something deeper in music. Stifler & … among them is this npr guide that can be your partner. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space. In 1981, he recorded another version, which was radically different, and was released just a few weeks before he died of a stroke at age 50. And what Bach basically did is took those eight bass notes and multiplied it by four, because he thought it would be too monotonous [otherwise]. In the inaugural episode of Toledo SymphonyLab™, we take a tour through the many magical variations of Bach's Goldberg Variations. I happened upon his articles for NPR on the Goldbergs just a few days before I was set to give a performance of them for my master’s recital on the harpsichord. NPR: The Goldberg Variations with Jeremy Denk: Aria NPR: The Goldberg Variations with Jeremy Denk: Aria by NPR Music 8 years ago 10 minutes, 17 seconds 53,692 views Pianist Jeremy Denk Page 3/15 ... visit https://www.npr.org. The "Goldberg Variations" was composed by a German composer, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) from the Baroque era. 2 - Jeremy Denk - 11/28/2015. It may have even been Bach's way of saying "I can do much better than you.". "I think a good harpsichordist on a good instrument would present the piece just as well as a pianist thinking about the stylistic requirements, using very little pedal and so forth, but making the best out of the piano sound and creating the kind of transparency that Bach's polyphonic designs require. Pianist Jeremy Denk walks us through Variation No. He ignores Bach's repeat markings in the score, which shrinks the total time of the Goldbergs to less than 39 minutes, neatly fitting on two sides of an LP. ... And about a year and a half ago, concert pianist Jeremy Denk wrote a surprising essay for our NPR Music website. ... Goldberg Week at NPR's Deceptive Cadence; Online scores. "We do have a copy of just the Aria in the hand of Anna Magdalena Bach, Johann Sebastian's second wife, who was a singer," Wolff says. Every third variation is a canon — the melody of each is laid over itself, as in "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" — with the additional complication that the pitch difference between the melodies rises from a canon in unison up to the canon in ninths. NPR Goldberg Week Credit: John Pavlus for NPR (Jeremy Denk joins us all week to explore the Goldberg Variations. New to Bach’s delightfully intricate and huge keyboard piece? Play video. 이 작품은 변주곡이라는 장르의 중요한 작품으로 꼽힌다. He does things in the style of the French overture, in the style of different dances; he does lamenting — from the smallest to the largest, from the happiest to the saddest.". "In 1733, Handel published 62 variations on a bass line ... and that's the same first eight bass notes of the Goldberg variations. 18 & 25. Uri Caine has been rewriting classical music for almost ten years. New to Bach’s delightfully intricate and huge keyboard piece? But the bass is too short for me, I'll make it longer.' There are Aria, 30 variations, & another Aria at the end. The "Goldberg Variations" was composed by a German composer, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) from the Baroque era. “But I don’t want to play a very smooth Bach. ", "But I think for the listener it is a difference," Wolff concludes, "because the listener will hear things on the piano that he may not hear when the piece is performed on the harpsichord and vice versa. Tags: Bach, Goldberg Variations, Jeremy Denk, NPR. Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations has become an iconic monument in Western music. Pianist Rudolf Serkin took up the Goldberg Variations in the late 1920s, but Polish harpsichordist Wanda Landowska was the first to record the Goldbergs in the early 1930s. Videos. The famous recording was done by Glenn Gould. The Variations are a work to be performed on a harpsichord, consisting of an aria and 30 variations that were originally published in 1741. On one level, it's simply a beautiful keyboard work, and on another, it's a Rubik's Cube of invention and architecture. "It's a piece that lasts perhaps 70 or 80 minutes, and somehow that piece is still very relevant right now. Admittedly, it's vivid, certainly one of the best face-chewing scenes I can think of. 2 Intermezzo in A Major from Brahms' Six Pieces for Piano, Op. Jeremy Denk Performs Brahms 'Intermezzo in B minor, Op 119, No 1' This performance is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series LIVE PERFORMANCE! 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