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Arrangements & Transcriptions of Bach's Works
Arrangements & Works inspired by Goldberg Variations BWV 988

Contents

Musical Works
Works in other Arts

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Musical Works

Composer

Work

Year

Works
Recordings

Piano / Keyboard

Jeremiah Bornfield (b 1976)

Aria & 15 Variations for keyboard, based on J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations BWV 988

2009

Works

Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)

Bach-Busoni: Goldberg Variations BWV 988, free arrangement for piano

Works
Recordings+

Robin Holloway (b 1943)

Bach-R. Holloway: Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for 2 pianos

Works
Recordings

Josef Rheinberger/Max Reger

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for 2 pianos

Accordion

Teodoro Anzellotti

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for accordion

Wolfgang Dimetrik

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for accordion

Mika Väyrynen

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for accordion

Computers / Synthsizer

Joel Spiegelman

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, in a total digital orchestration

Guitar

Andreas Almqvist

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for guitar

Simon Proulx

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, transcribed for acoustic guitar, mandolin, baritone guitar

Stephen Thorneycroft & Stephen Tafra

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, transcribed for 2 classical guitars

Harp

Sylvain Blassel

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for harp

Catrin Finch

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for harp

Marimba

Pius Cheung

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for solo marimba

Organ

John Hendriksen

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, edited for organ

Wilhelm Middelschulte

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for organ

Small String Ensemble

Dmitry Sitkovetsky (b 1954)

Bach-D. Sitkovetsky: Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for string trio

1985

Works
Recordings

Goldberg Trio Lucerne

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, transcribed for string trio

Silke Strauf & Claas Harders

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for 2 viola da gambas

Woodwind Ensemble

Andrei Eshpai

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for woodwind ensemble

Chamber Ensemble

Marcel Bitsch

Bach-Bitsch: Goldberg Variations BWV 988, transcribed for octet

Veronica Kraneis and others

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, version for flute, viola & cello

Parnassi musici

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, transcribed for Baroque ensemble

Éva Tamássy

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, transcribed and edited by for flute & harpsichord / organ

Saxophone Quartet

Francesco Venerucci

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for saxophone quartet

Sax Allemande

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for 4 saxophones

Jazz Ensemble

Uri Caine

Goldberg Variations BWV 988 - Aria and 70 variations for various ensembles adapted, arranged and composed after J.S. Bach

Andy Fite

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, a Jazz interpretation (Guitar)

Sebastian Gramss

Goldberg Variations BWV 988 - Jazz adaption and interpretation of the complete series of the "Aria" and its 30 variations

Kálmán Oláh

Bach-Oláh: Variations on J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations BWV 988, for Jazz trio

Orchestra

Józef Koffler

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for chamber orchestra

Dmitry Sitkovetsky (b 1954)

Bach-D. Sitkovetsky: Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for string orchestra

1985

Works
Recordings

Multiple Instruments

Richard Crowell

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, arranged for multiple instruments (harp, cello, oboe, flute and more)

Steve Goldberger

The Goldberger Variations: Except the similarity of titles, this album has no connection with J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Goldberger’s studio album featuring a few originals but mostly “variations” on songs by his favourite Canadian and global songwriters.

Paul Whetstone

Goldberg's Lullaby: a re-composition of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations BWV 988 using Shearing's "Lullaby of Birdland" as the theme for 30 variations. Each track follows the model set by Bach: Aria, Toccata, Allemande, Canon at the Unison, etc.

Collective Compositions

Collective composition

The New Goldberg Variations:
J.S. Bach: Aria
Kenneth Frazelle (b. 1955): Variations (in memory of Robert Goldberg)
– Variation 1 (molto adagio)
– Variation II (presto)
Christopher Rouse (b. 1949): Goldberg Variations II (dedicated to Robert Goldberg)
– Variation (presto)
– Variation for violoncello alone
Peter Lieberson (b. 1946): Introduction and Three Variations (to Judy Goldberg)
– tranquillo ed espressivo
– Variation 1 (Neighbor Canons)
– Variation 2 (Scherzo)
– Variation 3 (Aria)
John Corigliano (b. 1938): Fancy on a Bach Air (largo)
Peter Schickele (b. 1935): New Goldberg Variations
– Calm, serene
– Driving
Richard Danielpour (b. 1956): Fantasy Variation (adagietto misterioso) (to Judy Goldberg)
J.S. Bach: Aria

2003

Collective composition (12 composers)

13 ways of looking at J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations, for piano:
J.S. Bach: Aria, from Goldberg Variations BWV 988
C. Curtis-Smith: Rube Goldberg Variation
Jennifer Higdon: The Gilmore Variation
Mischa Sarche Zupko: Ghost Variation
Stanley Walden: Fantasy Variation
Bright Sheng: Variation Fugato
DerBermel: Kontraphunktus
J.S. Bach: Variation 13, from Goldberg Variations BWV 988
David Del Tredici: My Goldberg (Gymnopedie #1)
Fred Lerdahl: Chasing Goldberg
William Bolcom: Yet Another Goldberg Variation (for left hand alone)
Lukas Foss: Goldmore Variation
Ralf Gothóni: Variation on Variation with Variation
Fred Hersch: Melancholy Minuet
J.S. Bach: Aria (reprise), from Goldberg Variations BWV 988

2004

Collective composition

Goldberg's Ghost:
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988: Aria
Garth Knox: Goldberg's Ghost, for viola d'amore & marimba
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988: Canone all'Unisono
Marcel Reuter: Interludio, for clarinet, cello & piano
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988: Canone alla Seconda
Brice Pauset: Variations (4), for piano, flute, violin, viola, cello & percussion: Nos. 1 & 2
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988: Canone alla Terza
Ton de Kruyf: Metamorphosis No. 1, for marimba & saxophone
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988: Canone alla Quarta
Bernard Struber: Hotberg Stories No. 1, for saxophone, percussion, violin, viola & cello
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988: Canone alla Quinta
Bernard Struber: Hotberg Stories No. 2, for violin, cello & percussion
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988: Canone alla Sesta
Ton de Kruyf: Metamorphosis No. 2, for flute, saxophone, piano, violin, viola & cello 2007
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988: Canone alla Settima
|Brice Pauset: Variations (4), for piano, flute, violin, viola, cello & percussion: Nos. 3 & 4
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988: Canone alla Ottava
Marcel Reuter: Désert/forêt, for flute, saxophone, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello & percussion
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988: Canone alla Nona
Garth Knox: Improvisation, for viola d'amore
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988: Quodlibet
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988: Aria da capo e Fine

Collective composition

Bufo Variations:
Free improvisations, inspired by Goldberg Variations BWV 988, over a Ghanaian soundscape, using various African instruments and electric guitar:
1. Bufo Aria [6:18]
2. Variation 1: tenor and bass gyili xylophones, tuned GABDE [6:21]
3. Variation 2: gome seated bass drum played with heels and hands [6:03]
4. Variation 3: brekete snared bass drum played with palm and curved stick [6:07]
5. Variation 4: donno under-arm drum played with palm and a curved stick [5:52]
6. Variation 5: gome, brekete, and donno drums [5:45]
7. Variation 6: electric guitar [6:19]
8. Variation 7: ashiwa seated rhythm box bass with three metal keys [6:04]
9. Variation 8: gome, kpanlogo, and apentema drums, played with mallets and hands [5:58]
10. Variation 9: gangokui double bell rack, played with mallets and sticks [5:32]
11. Variation 10: African percussion kit of kpanlogo, apentema, brekete, gome, gangokui, plus hi-hat and ride cymbals, played with jazz brushes, with Alex Coke, tenor sax, Tina Marsh, voice, and Steven Feld, ashiwa rhythm box bass [4:15]
12. Bufo Aria da Capo [6:18]

Works in other Arts

Artist

Work

Year

Page

Bvpainter

Variations on Bach's Goldberg Variations

?

Memo-1630

Jean Charles

The Bach Variations

2007

Jean Charles

Diane Edstrom

Goldberg Variations

1990-1991

Art-1828

Masaru Emoto

Crystal after being exposed to Bach's Goldberg Variations

?

Art-1831

Tim Lee

Goldberg Variations: Aria, BWV 988

2007

Memo-1629
Memo-1699

James Peel

Goldberg Variations Series, after Bach, Variations no. 4

2005

Memo-2608

Alexander Peterhaensel

Graphic interpretations of Gould’s recording of Goldberg Variations

?

Art-1826

Tom Przondzion

The Gould Variations

2007

Tom Przondzion

Tony Rosenthal

J.S. Bach Variation (1989), Variation #1 (1989), Variation #9 (1989)

1989-1990

Tony Rosenthal

Ans Schumacher

Goldberg variaties 1-3

2008

Ans Schumacher

Susan Strachan Johnson

The Music of Bach: the Goldberg Variations

2005

Memo-1628

Martin Wattenberg

Bach, Three of the Goldberg Variations

Memo-2831

Unknown

Bach's Goldberg Variations

Memo-2849

Prepared by Aryeh Oron (September 2011 - March 2013)

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