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BACH'S GOLDBERG VARIATIONS
Bibliophile price: £2.50
Autumn 1737 and Johann Sebastian Bach encourages Count Keyserlingk to take in a talented young orphan named Johann Gottlieb Goldberg. Employed as a servant, he slips down to the music room late at night to practice playing the harpsichord. The Count, unable to sleep, discovers him one night and orders him to play something new each week. When Goldberg receives his biggest challenge ? to combine all the previously played music styles and throw in a riddle - he turns to his mentor Bach for guidance. Based on a true story behind the naming of this famous piece, here is a magically told tale to delight music enthusiasts. The Count, a Russian Ambassador living in Dresden was so amazed by Goldberg's talent that he offered him a position at court, and scholars do not know the precise historical circumstances surrounding Goldberg's acquisition of Bach's composition. Some believe the Count commissioned the work and others that Bach gave the piece to Goldberg directly. Monumental in scope, extremely difficult to play, it is unusual for its extended use of repetition and has a riddle called a quodlibet. A beautiful big picture book with full page colour illustrations. 9¼" x 9¼", suit ages eight and up.

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