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A new public domain score and studio recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations - set the Goldbergs free!
A new public domain score and studio recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations - set the Goldbergs free!
A new public domain score and studio recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations - set the Goldbergs free!
406 backers pledged $23,748 to help bring this project to life.

Announcing the Open Goldberg Variations, by Kimiko Ishizaka

Dear Backers,

for over a year you have waited patiently and supportingly as we carefully crafted a new score and recording of the Goldberg Variations. Today we happily release the finished digital products of that hard work.

Our goal in making the recording of the Open Goldberg Variations was simple, yet ambitious; to create a new, beautiful and exciting interpretation, precise to Bach’s instruction, yet full of personality and character, and give it a life of its own so that it will be enjoyed by audiences for decades to come. By inviting fans to support the project, and involving them at every step of the production, we hope to have set a personal and intimate atmosphere for this release. We hope that you feel involved, and close by, as you listen to Kimiko Ishizaka interpret the “Clavier-Übung” from Bach.

To help make this recording truly timeless, we need your help. Share it. Give it away. Introduce others to its beauty, and explain to them why you love it. Make yourself responsible for converting another person to being a Bach fan. You can have them download the recording from the Open Goldberg Variations website, and get the score from Post the Open Goldberg Variations on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or just burn a CD and hand it to someone. Bach is beautiful, but not everybody has experienced the magic. This is music that soothes and inspires the soul; it is meant to be shared!

The project has been a monumental success, and I hope you will agree with me that the results are most beautiful. Thank you to everybody who supported us. A proper thank you and credits post will follow, but for now, go listen!


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      Thomas Bonte on June 18, 2012

      @Ryan there is a new revision of the Open Goldberg Variations score online. More info about this new revision real soon.

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      Thomas Bonte on June 4, 2012

      @Ryan Thanks! We're about to release an update of the score, with many improvements thx to the feedback we received. Stay tuned.

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      Ryan Kaldari on May 31, 2012

      @Thomas: It says 'SoutnMelbourne' instead of 'South Melbourne'.

    4. Rose Vines on May 30, 2012

      Listening and listening. So very beautiful. I'm looking forward to sharing this with my circle of family and friends.

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      Thomas Bonte on May 29, 2012

      @Ryan Kaldari could you point us to the typo? This way we can fix it before the physical goods ship.

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      Ryan Kaldari on May 28, 2012

      I've been listening to it all afternoon. Great work everyone!

      BTW, there is a typo in the South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra advertisement that appears in the score.

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      Richard E. Silverman on May 28, 2012

      Congratulations! Thanks for all your hard work. This is a great model for music production that should become more common.

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      Karl Jonsson on May 28, 2012

      At last! I can hardly wait for the download to finish! :)

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      Laura Shefler and Raymond Yee on May 28, 2012

      THANK YOU!!

      I'm glad that you got the mp3s out the door and look forward to the lossless versions down the road. I think that there will be renewed interest in the digital scores now that the recordings are out.

    10. Robert Douglass 7-time creator on May 28, 2012

      Higher quality FLAC/OGG/WAV files will be there eventually. We need a bit more time for those as some of them had to be redone.

      Physical goods should go out at the end of June, early July. We've still got a LOT of work to do, but thought it was important to get the digital goods out the door.

    11. Jeremie Lariviere
      on May 28, 2012

      I'm going to enjoy these!
      Just curious, when would the physical rewards be coming out?

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      Greg Vernon on May 28, 2012

      There was a flac version up earlier, and I managed to download it, but I couldn't get the files to play.

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      Marc Olivier Chouinard on May 28, 2012

      I'm with Marc also. lossless format is probably the best format to release this.

    14. Robert Douglass 7-time creator on May 28, 2012

      BoingBoing has covered the release:

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      Marc B. on May 28, 2012

      Is there a plan to release the recordings in a lossless format? flac would be ideal.