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Bach Goldberg Variations

Bach's timeless keyboard masterpiece arranged for orchestra by Music Director Elisa Citterio.

The tradition of rearranging Bach’s music stretches back centuries. Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Liszt, and Mahler were all entranced with the music of the great baroque genius. Of course, in rearranging Bach, they were following in the master's own footsteps—Bach routinely re-worked his own and other composer's compositions throughout his life. So it's in that spirit that Tafelmusik has decided to present Bach's harpsichord masterpiece, the Goldberg Variations, in the premiere of a new instrumental arrangement by Tafelmusik's Music Director, Elisa Citterio. As with the works of her illustrious predecessors, Citterio's orchestral Goldbergs will allow us to hear the familiar as though for the first time. 

Tafelmusik’s rendition will be a fascinating version of these astonishing 30 variations, based on one simple theme, that nonetheless create a perfect musical world.


  • Grégoire Jeay World premiere
  • Bach Goldberg Variations (arranged for orchestra by Elisa Citterio)