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The Goldberg Variations

 ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach
 MusicThe Goldberg Variations or Aria with Thirty Variations (1742)
 DancersRenee 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
 CostumesJoe Eula
 LightingThomas Skelton
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereMay 27, 1971, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs47 Dancers
Part I
Principals: 2 women, 4 men; Corps: 6 women, 5 men
Part II
Principals: 3 women, 3 men; Corps: 12 women, 9 men
 Running Time75′
 NotesBach′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.


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