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Update #33

Revised edition of the Open Goldberg Variations

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It has been three weeks since MuseScore lead developer Werner Schweer released the newly engraved edition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Accompanying this and as part of the Open Goldberg Variations project, was a newly-recorded performance by Kimiko Ishizaka. In the following week, we released a free iPad app for you to enjoy the edition and recording.

The reaction has been nothing less than overwhelming - the news of a high quality, open source and public domain edition of Bach’s masterpiece set the internet buzzing with excitement. Thus far, it has been viewed 44080 times and downloaded 5755 times, which currently makes it the most viewed score on our sheet music sharing site. All of which, have made us feel very proud.

Since the release, we received further feedback from people who spotted engraving issues (we’d like to thank Alexander Plötz from Noten Lektorat in particular, for his extensive review, from which you can see examples below). As a result, a new revised edition of the Open Goldberg Variations is now available for download. If you wish to know what changes were made, here is a pdf comparing the differences.

Although the digital edition has been released, the Open Goldberg Variations project is not quite finished. Soon, we will start towards the production of printed and bound editions for our Kickstarter backers. After all, without the support of the 406 backers, there would not have been this edition and recording for everyone to enjoy, so thank you very much again!

(from the MuseScore blog)

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    Dedicate a Variation: One of the 30 Variations is dedicated to you or someone you choose. This dedication appears in all published formats of the work. You also receive the premium hand-printed and specially bound Special Edition score of the Goldberg Variations, our new edition, engraved by MuseScore. Two copies of the studio recording of Kimiko Ishizaka playing the Goldberg Variations on CD, signed by the artist. A signed print from a photo of Kimiko taken during the recording session.

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