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Goldberg Variation #28 – is that the one Beethoven nicked?

Alisdair Kitchen nears the end of an August of Bach.

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Variation 28

This study in measured trills – which appear as both inner and outer parts, and often as double trills – was certainly an inspiration for the last variation in Beethoven’s Op.109 Piano Sonata. I have endeavoured to play this iridescent blizzard of notes as melodically as possible, which I hope bathes the harmony in a glowing light.

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