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Bach’s Goldberg Variations

Bach’s Goldberg Variations

by Anna Harwell Celenza

Clear storytelling and engaging artwork reveal the story behind Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterpiece, Goldberg Variations. Johann Gottlieb Goldberg is a young servant in the employ of Count Keyserlingk. A talented musician, the boy secretly practices playing the harpsichord at night. When the count discovers Goldberg one evening, he challenges Goldberg to combine all the harpsichord music he’s learned–and to throw in a riddle. In a panic, Goldberg turns to Johann Sebastian Bach for the perfect piece of music to appease the count. Stylized illustrations include elements from the baroque period. For families, teachers, and curious music lovers of all ages. Visit Anna’s Music Spot for links to recordings suggested by Anna Harwell Celenza.


Ages: 6-9
Illustrated by: JoAnn E. Kitchel
ISBN: 9781580895293
Price: $16.95
Published by: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.

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