GENERAL DISCUSSION: Bach Goldberg Variations
Seems like a few of us are interested in taking a deep dive into a few of the amazing Goldberg Variations!
Since we will all be busy with next month's Community Challenge, I was thinking that this project could have a longer timeline. Perhaps we could even learn a few variations over the winter holidays?
What do you think about everyone learning the Aria and the each member suggests 1 variation for us all to learn?
So far, I think we have about 5-6 Tonebase friends in this group, so that would be only 5-6 variations so far. Please tag anyone else who'd like to join this "additional" challenge group!
Monika Tusnady Susan Sindre Pauline Juan Carlos Olite Genevieve
Hello Everyone! This is a great idea! I will join in :)
I will admit that I have already performed this piece before, but it never hurts to revisit it! :)
(From back in 2017)
It is SO hard to pick a favorite variation, I will probably submit several!
A few of my absolute favorites include:
No.1, NUMBER 4, No.5, No.7, No.25 (nicknamed The black pearl), No.30!!!!
This piece is extremely difficult BUT manageable! For many of the variations they involve the need for double manual harpsichord, but CAN work well on a single-manual piano. I can offer my humble fingerings/hand crossing combinations (often different than the way the printed page suggests!) that I used for comfort and reliability if you request a certain variation!
Looking Forward and thanks for starting this, Gail!
I love the idea of a longer time! Let’s really savor it. Plus I didn’t know how I could fit it both the regular challenges and Goldberg variations at once! Maybe instead of a “3 week challenge” it can be a “3 month challenge.” :) I will get back to you with my favorite variation soon. Thank you Gail for putting this together.
I love this idea Gail ! I agree that this needs to be a longer project. I must play Variation 1 !!! I just love that variation so much, I have to pick that one. But it is okey to play several I guess!? Var 5 seems like a great challenge! I also would like to take on a quiet one like var 7. and maybe I can throw in var. 8 to the mix.