Goldberg Variations

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This new edition of Bach's Goldberg Variations is created by MuseScore lead developer Werner Schweer. The funds to create this work raised via the crowd funding site Kickstarter (http://kck.st/opengoldberg). The edition has been refined through an open process of peer review and careful scrutiny from pianist Kimiko Ishizaka. You can listen and download her recording on http://opengoldbergvariations.org

Have an iPad? Install the free Open Goldberg app http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/open-goldberg-variations/id529060306

Order the printed edition of Goldberg Variations via GRIN Publishing: http://bit.ly/ST3XGf
Here is our own unboxing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrWIwdNI3Zc

To open the MuseScore source file, you need to use the MuseScore nightly build which you can download from http://musescore.org/en/download#nightly

Revision History
* June 16th: Revised edition (20+ fixes - http://bit.ly/Kki4KL )
* May 28th: Release of the score

A special thanks to:
* All the people who funded this project
* All the people who helped with the public peer review of the score

The OpenGoldberg team
Werner Schweer, Nicolas Froment, Thomas Bonte
Robert Douglass, Kimiko Ishizaka, Anne-Marie Sylvestre

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Genre: Classical
Format: Score

Comments (29)

Schneider's picture

You can only like this if you love real music ♥

ELI977's picture

My favourite composer :)

NewFranzLiszt's picture

I thought it was Beethoven?

Thomas's picture

Unboxing the printed edition of the Open Goldberg Variations by GRIN publishing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrWIwdNI3Zc

NewFranzLiszt's picture

Where's the videoscore with Mr. Glenn Gould playing? Just kidding, unless someone wants to do the 58 pages. The 5 greatest sets of piano variations:
Bach: Goldberg Variations
Beethoven: Diabelli variations
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini
Sorabji: Dies Irae cycle
Rzewski: The People United will never be Defeated.

fabpianista's picture

This make me cry. :')

Thomas's picture

Exciting to see the first test print of the Open Goldberg Variations score. The edition is printed by Open Goldberg Variations partner GRIN publishing from Munich, Germany. Online ordering available very soon!
Here are two pictures: http://flic.kr/p/czPAis http://flic.kr/p/czPAfy

skaufman's picture

The introspective Aria needs more time to let the gorgeous twists and turns of the ornamentation sink in. In other words, the tempo is a little too hurried. The playback execution of the ornaments has improved at the very beginning: it needs to be carried out throughout the score. It must take an enormous amount of time & effort to write these out for playback, so I hope that eventually a flexible parameterized ornamentation playback will catch up to the ornamentation engraving capability and reduce that work. Figuring out what the parameters are for such ornamentation will be a major challenge. Thanks for all your effort!

Thomas's picture

Werner Schweer has revised the Open Goldberg Variation edition. 20+ changes have been made, improving the overall engraving quality. Read more at http://bit.ly/Kki4KL

skaufman's picture

Sweet! Excellent work. A couple of comments:
The repeats should occur without any pause. Playing it with the latest nightly build I get a pause of a few seconds, about what one would expect between movements.
The ornamentation is not quite there yet, and it doesn't reproduce Ishizaka's performance. I guess that's the purpose of the exercise, and I assume it's still being polished.

Thomas's picture

The ornaments playback in MuseScore is still being worked on, so that's right, it needs to be polished. Our mantra when developing MuseScore has always been notation first, playback after. So by taking on the Goldberg Variations we wanted to improve the MuseScore typesetting quality first. Concerning the pause with the repeats, I need to verify with Werner who made the score. Will get back to you with the answer.

Thomas's picture

There is a free iPad app now to enjoy the Open Goldberg Variations
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/open-goldberg-variations/id529060306

rdhyee's picture

Is the MusicXML conversion supposed to be working properly? I imported the MusicXML version of the score into FinaleReader and the a repeat in the first variation brought be back into the opening aria.

sunno's picture

Is anyone having problems opening file in musescore? I doesn't open, not even shows any error :s

Thomas's picture

@sunno To open the MuseScore source file, you need to use the MuseScore nightly build which you can download from http://musescore.org/en/download#nightly Let us know what build (rxxxx) you have been trying with and on which platform.

sunno's picture

Nope, It didn't work :(

sunno's picture

I've been using lastest stable version for windows version 1.2 r5470, thanks i'll try nightly build then :)

tornice's picture

Hello folks. Sorry to return to this issue. Why is not possible to open the file using the stable version? I think is important to keep the compatibility. The mscz file should not be different, no matter on which version of MuseScore it was written. What do the developers say about that?

Thomas's picture

Good question Tornice. You can read my answer on the MuseScore developers mailing list: http://bit.ly/LXWTCS Check out the "Forward Compatibility" paragraph and more specific the MusicXML workaround.

olivermusico's picture

es mucho mejor que no tenga ninguna indicación de digitación. Ayuda mucho más al estudiante poner con un lápiz sus propias digitaciones, ya que las digitaciones NO son universales.
Además es de mejor calidad que sea lo más fiel a la partitura original que seguramente no trae ninguna digitación.
Gracias por el trabajo! y apoyen el proyecto!

husar2003's picture

Please PLEASE do NOT add any finger suggestions. It makes it very awful to overwrite those with paint or thick pencils. There always remain irritating numbers on the sheet. Please think of 2-dimension-instruments as Bayan accordion completely and the piano accordion half side is (left part). I play a couple of the goldberg variations and the fingering ist much more dense than a 1.5-dimension-instrument ever could be. On the other (left) hand i only habe four fingers. (C-c is not 1-5 but 2-5 on both sides of the instrument, cdefgahc is not 12312345 but as example 32323423, [could also be 12323421 on right side] and it also differs from the construction, the basic grip-system C, B,...
Where a 1.5-instrument has 1, 2 or three fingering variations i have always a couple of equal good fingerings and the trick is to find the best what may also vary from player to player.
Therefore for accordion any printed fingering for "piano"-like makes no sense.

rdhyee's picture

I agree -- fingering suggestions shouldn't be added to the source. Someone who wanted to add suggestions should be able to publish a separate layer that can be used to supplement the score. I don't know whether MuseScore can support such functionality.

rdhyee's picture

I'd guess that the fingering suggestions can be layered on top of the existing score instead of being added directly to the score. Of course, we'd need someone to offer such suggestions!

cayblood's picture

Have you considered adding fingering suggestions? It would make the score a lot more helpful for students.

Thomas's picture

You can open the score with free notation software MuseScore (currently only with the nightly builds - see more in the description on the score page) and add fingerings.

cayblood's picture

I'm not qualified to do that, but thanks for clarifying that. Hopefully someone will do it.

olivermusico's picture

great idea!
Congratulations!

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Uploaded May 28, 2012
Pages 58
Duration 65:12
Measures 990
Key signature 1 sharp
Parts 1
Part names
  • Acoustic Grand Piano
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