Talk:Goldberg-Variationen, BWV 988 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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List of Hand-written Changes in Bach's Personal Copy

Bach's personal copy of the Goldberg Variations has been discovered in 1975. It contains some hand-written corrections in Bach's own hand and, on the last page (p. 32 of our scan), the manuscript of 14 canons about the first eight bass notes of the Goldberg Aria ("Verschiedene Canones über die ersteren acht fundamental=Noten vorheriger Arie. von J.S.Bach"). Sadly our scan, apart from missing the first page, doesn't allow to decipher anything of these additions. The following list may help to identify Bach's corrections of the Goldberg Variations. It is based on the list of "the most important entrys" given by the G. Henle Verlag (revised edition 1979 of Goldberg Variations (and more), p.115).

u = upper staff, l = lower staff, b = between staves

Incomplete bars at beginning of system are counted.

Variation Page of Print System/Bar Staff Addition
Aria missing bar 19 of Aria »slur above 32nd-notes in treble« (Henle)
5 6 1/3 u slurs from 1st to 2nd and from 3d to 4th note
7 7 3/1 under l tempo indication »al tempo di Giga.«
8 8 5/3 l sharp before last note c
9 9 4/3 u grace note before 1st note
9 9 4/4 b grace note before 1st note; shake on b
10 9 6/1 l mordent on half note
10 9 6/5 b mordent on half note
13 13 1/3 u turn above last note g
14 14 2/5-3/3 both staccato marks
14 14 4/3-5/2 both staccato marks
14 14 7/3 - p. 15 1/3 both staccato marks
14 15 3/1-2 both staccato marks
25 25 3/2 b tempo indication »adagio«
25 25 3/2 and 3 u grace notes before 8th notes b flat and a flat
25 25 4/3 and 4 u grace notes before 8th notes d and e flat
25 25 7/2 u grace note before 8th note b flat
26 26 6/2 l grace note
26 26 7/1 and 3 l grace notes before quarter notes f sharp and b
26 27 1/3 u mordent under quarter note f sharp
26 27 2/1 u mordent under quarter note e
26 27 2/2 – 5/3 both grace notes
26 27 6/1-3 u grace notes

I would like to ask :is it possible to put a performance of the complete work by Wanna Landowska recorded in 1945 which is available under creative commons license at the Internet Archive website ( ? Can someone competent help me to avoid mistakes and misunderstandings ? Thank you very much.

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