[f_minor] New transcription edition of 1981 Goldberg

bstagno at optonline.net bstagno at optonline.net
Tue Dec 1 20:32:40 MST 2015

Thanks for sharing this information. 
Am I correct in remembering that Gould claimed somewhere (perhaps your book?) that he did not put fingering in his sheet music? Maybe that was just a phase. In any case, he was always a man of contradictions.

Barbara Stagno

----- Original Message -----
From: Kevin Bazzana 
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 9:23 pm
Subject: Re: [f_minor] New transcription edition of 1981 Goldberg
To: f_minor at glenngould.org

> A unique and very interesting publication was 
> recently announced
> on the Glenn Gould Foundation's website (www.glenngould.ca): 
> Glenn Gould's
> Goldberg Variations: A Transcription of the 1981 Recording of 
> The Goldberg
> Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach, transcribed and edited by 
> NicholasHopkins and just published by Carl Fischer, in New York. 
> (Hopkins is the
> company's managing editor.) I recently received a copy, and 
> thought a brief
> report on it might be appreciated here.
> The publication, which runs to 155 pages, is just 
> what the title
> says: A notated transcription of Gould's 1981 Goldberg 
> interpretation, based
> on both his recording and the Monsaingeon film. The edition 
> comprises, on
> facing pages, Bach's original score and Gould's interpretation 
> thereof.Every pertinent aspect of his performance is indicated, 
> in amazing detail:
> tempos and rhythmic nuances, dynamics, articulation and phrasing,
> ornamentation, fingering and hand-crossing, pedaling, contrapuntal
> relationships, repeats.
> The 47-page introduction discusses the Goldberg Variations 
> itself and
> Gould's relationship with it, and includes comments on every 
> aspect of his
> 1981 interpretation, with particular attention given to his 
> unifying scheme
> of proportional tempos (Hopkins has a lot that is new and 
> interesting to say
> about this). There are further, detailed notes on each variation.
> The result is a kind of "study guide" to Gould's 1981 Goldberg.
> Moreover, Hopkins's printing of Bach's original score, on the 
> verso side of
> each page, itself amounts to an excellent, reliable Urtext 
> edition of the
> piece, based on close study of Bach's original publication and 
> his later
> corrected copy thereof.
> This new publication is supposed to be available through the 
> Carl Fischer
> website and Amazon, and presumably all the other usual outlets 
> for sheet
> music and music books. Kevin Bazzana
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