Does anyone here have any experience with this transcription? My main concern is that most of the variations would be impossible to execute. Johann Sebastian BACH () The Goldberg Variations BWV , Clavierübung IV (). Transcription for guitar and played: Jozsef Eotvos. Goldberg Variations. Main Performer or Conductor: Jozsef Eötvös. Instrumentation: Guitar. Individual Works: Goldberg Variations BWV

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Every very once and while a work of art is readapted – transformed from its original form context, to become an even greater interpretation of art. By no means am I belittling Eotvos’ dedication and skills – he did a wonderful job on the GV, but 6 strings cannot bring out all the beauty variattions the GV.

József Eötvös (musician)

Bach transcribed his own works for a variety of instruments or instrumental settings and reworked them accordingly. His arrangements are musical curiosities which are played on this instrument only by him in the whole wide world. On the other hand, by not being able to race through some of the variations, where sometimes the notes are a blur, one can actually hear the music. Bach ‘s keyboard works. He has made radio and television recordings both in his home land and abroad.

Jozsef Eotvos’ Goldberg Variations transcriptions – Classical Guitar

Nevertheless, some variations are in fact very nice at slower speed, for example variation We should not ignore this tremendous accomplishment because for someone to undertake this task, has required courage and a deep insight into the structure of the music, and the ability to draw out the essential qualities of Bach’s counterpoint and harmonic strengths. I have it–most of it is absurdly difficult!


My main concern is that most of the variations would be impossible to execute on a conventional guitar I saw a video on youtube of someone playing the first variation on an electric guitar using two-handed tapping.

Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors. If comparing with other Bach pieces that are often played on guitar, such as the Lute suites, then I think most of the Goldberg variations are just as nice There’s no way to incorporate most of the notes and play them anywhere near a typical keyboardist’s speed either harpsichord or piano. The only tragedy is that this cd desperately needs world-wide distribution!

Obviously, he can’t sustain voices as long or use as fast tempos as a keyboardist, so in one sense it’s hard to do justice to this piece on guitar. Comments from Michael Stitt, Bach Plucked: I think one of the great things of working through the transcriptions is having canons to play on guitar — much more musically demanding and satisfying than the fugues that are in standard guitar repertoire.

Eotvos would not rest on those accolades though, he has just recently completed J.

József Eötvös (musician) – Wikipedia

The transcription is wonderfully true to the score; if there is anything left out I am not able to perceive it. Short Biography Recordings of Instrumental Works. Some of Stingl’s arrangements and original works have been made available for free downloading by his son a search on the name should bring up josef link.

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No doubt that Eotvos knows what he’s doing and apparently has rather large hands! I wish more artists would put out tracks for duet play-alongs.

In he was given the Artisjus Prize for the introduction and popularization of contemporary Jozaef musical pieces and he was awarded with the Franz Liszt Prize in in recognition of his work. He won several international competitions between and How it sounds depends on what you compare it with. At that time I had been listening to Glen Gould’s piano recording, and I became convinced that this work would sound well on the guitar It is too well-kept a secret and I really wish some recording variatios would come along and snatch him up for a major distribution deal.

By using this site, you agree variatikns the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I just managed to play the fifth variation in eotvos tempo, im so happy: Board index All times are UTC. Gazzetta di Parma in Italian. I especially liked his advice on how to deal with losing notes that need to be sustained – I found myself applying it to several other pieces.

The Goldberg Variations for guitar? Large doses of sustained notes made it even more difficult to play on the guitar. Maybe I was too hard on him.

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