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Bach: Goldberg Variations, Newman: Variations On Bach

by Anthony Newman

JS Bach's monumental Goldberg Variations transcribed for the piano and played by America's foremost Baroque interpreter.
Genre: Classical: Baroque
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Goldberg Variations: Aria
2:00 $0.99
2. Goldberg Variations: Variations 1-5
6:07 $0.99
3. Goldberg Variations: Variations 6-10
5:43 $0.99
4. Goldberg Variations: Variations 11-16
11:10 $0.99
5. Goldberg Variations: Variations 17-21
6:46 $0.99
6. Goldberg Variations: Variations 22-25
9:06 $0.99
7. Goldberg Variations: Variations 26-30, Aria
9:17 $0.99
8. Newman Variations On B-a-C-H: Theme, Variations 1-6
5:05 $0.99
9. Newman Variations On B-a-C-H: Variations 7-11
4:47 $0.99
10. Newman Variations On B-a-C-H: Variations 12-19
5:29 $0.99
11. Newman Variations On B-a-C-H: Variations 20-27
4:15 $0.99
12. Newman Variations On B-a-C-H: Variations 28-29
1:40 $0.99
13. Newman Variations On B-a-C-H: Variation 30
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In 1742, Bach's monumental set of 30 variations (S.988) on a theme (no one is sure of the theme's author) contained in the second Anna Magdalena notebook of 1725, first appeared in print. Perhaps the greatest set of keyboard variations ever written (the only contender being Beethoven's 'Diabelli' Variations), the work was commissioned by Count Hermann von Keyserlingk, the Russian ambassador to Dresden and patron of Bach, to entertain and comfort him in his 'sleepless' nights. They were to be played by a Bach student - Johann Theophil Goldberg, who, in 1742, would have been 14-15 years old. He must have been a fabulous player to have been able to play them well, as there are the 'bete noire' of any harpsichordist, or even pianist. After the aria, the work features canons in ascending interval order to the 9th every two variations. The only titled variations are: #15 - Andante, #16 - Ouverture, #22 - Alla breve, and #30 - Quodlibet. In my performance, I generally take 1st repeats only and have 'adapted' the work for piano as the double keyboard writing for harpsichord is awkward on a modern piano. (The piano score, Goldberg Variations edited by Anthony Newman, is available at

My own variations on the name 'BACH' (Bb-A-C-B natural) was first heard in its large version in Paris in 1992 at the Teatre de Champs Elysees, where Stravinsky's Rite of Spring was premiered over 100 years ago. The work features a series of canons interspersed with 'free' variations, all based on an original theme, incorporating the Bach name, introduced as the 2nd variation after an initial fanfare.

The structure: 10 free variations, canon at the unison, 1 free variation, canon at the 2nd, 1 free canon at the 3rd, continuing with this idea through the canon at the 7th, followed by 5 free variations, finally ending with a triple fugue on the BACH theme. (Piano by Yamaha - 7'4") - Anthony Newman

Described by Wynton Marsalis as "The High Priest of Bach", and by Time Magazine as "The High Priest of the Harpsichord," Newman continues his 50 year career as America's leading organist, harpsichordist and Bach specialist.

His prodigious recording output includes more than 170 CDs on such labels as CBS, SONY, Deutsche Grammaphon, and Vox Masterworks. In 1989, Stereo Review voted his original instrument recording of Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto as "Record of the Year". His collaboration with Wynton Marsalis on Sony's "In Gabriel's Garden" was the best selling classical CD in 1997.

As keyboardist, he has performed more than sixty times at Lincoln Center in New York, and has collaborated with many of the greats of music: Kathleen Battle, Itzhak Perlman, Eugenia Zukerman, John Nelson, Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Levine, Lorin Mazel, Mstislav Rostropovich, Seji Osawa, and Leonard Bernstein.

As conductor, he has worked with the greats of chamber music orchestras: St. Paul Chamber, LA Chamber, Budapest Chamber, Scottish Chamber, and the 92nd St. Y Chamber Orchestras. Larger symphonic groups include: Seattle (over 40 appearances), Los Angeles, San Diego, Calgary, Denver, and New York Philharmonic Orchestras.

No less prodigious a composer, his works have been heard in Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, New York, and London. His output includes 4 symphonies, 4 concerti, 3 large choral works, 2 operas: Nicole, and Massacre (in collaboration with Charles Flowers), 3 CDs of piano music, and a large assortment of chamber, organ and guitar works. Complete works are published by TD Ellis Publishing. Newman has received 30 consecutive composer's awards from ASCAP.

Newman is music director of "Bach Works," New York's all Bach association, and Bedford Chamber Concerts; is on the Visiting Committee for the Department of Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and on the board of the Musical Quarterly Magazine. As a person committed to outreach, he was a volunteer for Stamford Hospital, a member of Hospice International from 1995 to 2004. Newman is music director of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Bedford NY.

Newman is a Yamaha Artist, and a proud alumnus of Young Concert Artists.



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