Goldberg Variations

Johann Sebastian Bach
Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
40 minutes
Classical music
Wind quartet
Instrumental parts
Not available

This transcription assumes a professional-level ensemble with an interest in an historically-informed performance approach. The articulation and embellishment markings added by me are indicated in blue print. All others are based on the original published edition. For your performance, you might choose to play some of the ornaments only on the repeats – or, you can invent your own, as keyboardists of Bach's day might have done.

I have added no tempo indications and very few dynamics; your ensemble will need to make most of those choices according to your taste and your understanding of the style. But, there's the fun!

This update includes some revisions to Variations 24 and 25.

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