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The Goldberg Variations
|Composer||Johann Sebastian Bach|
|Music||The Goldberg Variations or Aria with Thirty Variations (1742)|
|Dancers||Renee Estopinal, Michael Steele, Gelsey Kirkland, Sara Leland, John Clifford, Robert Maiorano, Robert Weiss, Bruce Wells, Karin von Aroldingen, Peter Martins, Susan Hendl, Anthony Blum, Patricia McBride, Helgi Tomasson|
|Premiere||May 27, 1971, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet|
|Casting Reqs||47 Dancers
Principals: 2 women, 4 men; Corps: 6 women, 5 men
Principals: 3 women, 3 men; Corps: 12 women, 9 men
|Notes||Bach′s so-called "Goldberg Variations" was published in 1742 under the title "Area Mit Verschieden Veraenderungen". "Veraenderungen" is usually translated as variations, but it also means alterations or mutations.
It is the only work of Bach′s in the structure of a Theme and Variations. However, it differs from most compositions of this nature in that the variations are not based on the melody but on the harmonic implications of the accompaniment of the theme, a sarabande that Bach wrote for his second wife.