This collection is a transcription of Glenn Gould’s 1981 landmark recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations. It presents in notated form crucial aspects of Gould’s performance practices with regard to this piece, in particular, tempos, ornamentation, dynamics and articulations. Also included are Gould’s fingerings and pedalings.

The edition features a newly edited and engraved “Urtext” version of the Goldberg variations on verso pages, accompanied by Gould’s realization on recto pages, thereby allowing for ease of comparative analysis. Any pianist or harpsichordist intent on performing this piece will delight in the careful research behind the preparation of this critical edition. Further, pianists interested in unlocking the secrets to Gould’s playing and to his interpretation of the Goldberg Variations in general will find this collection to be a welcome addition to their libraries.

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The book may be purchased from Carl Fischer Music (

Brilliantly conceived and executed, Nicholas Hopkins’ edition of the 1981 “Gouldberg” Variations represents a high mark in performance study—a transcription of Glenn Gould’s 1981 studio recording, from the finish of his career, combined with criticism and analysis from a sensitive scholar.

—Tim Page, the University of Southern California