Free iPad app for the Open Goldberg Variations

iPad owners can now enjoy Kimiko Ishizaka's interpretation of the Goldberg Variations while watching the beautifully crafted MuseScore edition. The app features note-level score following technology, and a comprehensive article outlining the history of the project. The app is free, and available from the iTunes app store:

This recording was made with:
✔ Award winning pianist Kimiko Ishizaka
✔ The finest Bösendorfer 290 Imperial grand piano
✔ Top German recording studio, Teldex Studio
✔ Producer Anne-Marie Sylvestre

The sheet music was made with:
✔ MuseScore, free and open source notation software
✔ By MuseScore lead developer Werner Schweer
✔ A peer review process organized at

✔ Play the recording
✔ Navigate through 32 tracks
✔ Highlighted notes as the music plays
✔ A detailed history of the project, including the crowdfunding process and peer review of the score

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6 years ago

The MuseScore edition of Bach's Goldberg Variation released

The new edition of Bach's Goldberg Variations is available for dowload from

The edition has been made by MuseScore lead developer Werner Schweer and has been refined through an open process of peer review and careful scrutiny from pianist Kimiko Ishizaka. The funds to create this work raised via the crowd funding site Kickstarter ( You can listen and download her recording on

Read more about the start of the OpenGoldberg project in this excellent write up by Alexander Prokoudine:

To open the MuseScore source file, you need to use the MuseScore nightly build which you can download from

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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6 years ago

Guaranteeing a high-quality score

Hi, I have been following the project and helping out reviewing the scores. The part of the recording seems to be turning out great, with a high quality piano, recording studio, etc. It would be a shame that the scores didn't turn out of top quality too, and to be fair, even a minor formatting or textual error passing through the review process would be a showstopper, as any performer would likely not run any further risks and gravitate towards the existing awesome public domain editions like Czerny (and of course the manuscript) instead.

While the goal of this project isn't to replace those editions or to be an authorative edition at all, I think the minimum quality treshold for this edition should at least be full textual compliance (no errors) and formatting clarity (no formatting oddities). I think the only way to assure this is to find at least two individuals who will OK each and every score on these fronts (just one is not enough as the scores are too complex for a single person to be checking these two different aspects at the same time) after the public review. Besides these two individuals, I think it would be wonderful for the project if there could be also some high profile musician scholar also making a final review of the scores after the public review, even if not pro-bono.

As a final suggestion, I think it would also be neat if instead of going for a "bland" edition we could get at least a graphic designer making the front and back covers of the score look good (not necessarily with drawings etc, but with a professional looking design).

EDIT: One more addendum: The public review of these scores seems to be going pretty much under the radar. As the Kickstarter funding needed its publicity to succeed, I think we're going to be much better off if we can recruit reviewers from various channels (for example I think the folks over at IMSLP could help us a little here!)

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7 years ago