Fred Hersch
Jazz Pianist & Composer


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13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg

Concert Work


These 12 diverse new variations on the orignal Bach aria were commissioned by the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival for pianist Gilbert Kalish, who gave the first performance at the Festival on May 2, 2004 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. ‘An interesting look at how different composers approach the same theme.’ –Clavier, September 2007

Bach: Aria, from The Goldberg Variations BWV 988
C. Curtis-Smith: Rube Goldberg Variation
Jennifer Higdon: The Gilmore Variation
Mischa Sarche Zupko: Ghost Variation
Stanley Walden: Fantasy Variation
Bright Sheng: Variation Fugato
Derek Bermel: Kontraphunktus
Bach: Variation 13, from Goldberg Variations BWV 988
David Del Tredici: My Goldberg (Gymnopedie No. 1)
Fred Lerdahl: Chasing Goldberg
William Bolcom: Yet Another Goldberg
Variation (for left hand alone) (Canon Inversa)
Lukas Foss: Goldmore Variation
Ralf Gothoni: Variation on Variation with Variation
Fred Hersch: Melancholy Minuet
Bach: Aria (reprise), from Goldberg Variations