The Goldberg Variations are considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. Rather unusually for Bach’s works, they were published in his own lifetime, in 1741. The Title Page read:
“Keyboard exercise, consisting of an ARIA with diverse variations for harpsichord with two manuals. Composed for connoisseurs, for the refreshment of their spirits, by Johann Sebastian Bach, composer for the royal court of Poland and the Electoral court of Saxony, Kapellmeister and Director of Choral Music in Leipzig.”
Luc Beausejour, harpsichord: Luc is a highly sought-after musician not only for his virtuosity and the subtlety of his playing, but also for his outgoing personality and the ease with which he communicates with his audiences. As a testimony to the recognition he has earned as one of Canada’s finest musicians, he was invited to perform the Goldberg Variations at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto for a CBC commemoration of the great pianist’s birthday.
“The naturalness of his harpsichord playing, the remarkable attention
he gives to proportions and to a singing quality have made him
a one-of-a-kind artist.” (Le Devoir)
“If you’re a fan of the harpsichord, a solo recital by Luc Beauséjour is an enchantment.
If you aren’t, he just might change your mind.” (Ottawa Citizen)