J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) on Guitar, Including Videos by Glenn Gould and Jozsef Eotvos
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was one of the greatest composers of all time. His death in 1750 is generally considered to be the end of the Baroque era in music history. One of his most famous works is the Goldberg Variations (BWV 988), which were originally written for harpsichord.
The Aria to this piece is slow and beautiful, and each subsequent variation has a different feel. The Goldberg Variations became famous largely due to the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, who made two recordings of the piece during his life. In 1997 Jozsef Eotvos transcribed the entire piece for solo guitar.
The remainder of this article includes videos (and links to CDs and sheet music) for the Goldberg Variations as played by Glenn Gould (piano) and Jozsef Eotvos (classical guitar).