The text of the Goldberg Variations
is based on the original edition. This was collated with the copy of the Aria in Anna Magdalena's Little
Clavier Book as well as the copy P 203 in the Staatsbibliothek Berlin.
Bach wrote eleven of the thirty variations
for a harpsichord with two manuals.
In playing them on a single manual this results
in a difficult crossing of the hands in
a number of the variations, but the fortepiano
contrast is also possible on the single
keyboard of modern instruments.
The notation in this volume departs
from the original in that the accidentals
have been modernized and those sections
written in the C clef have been notated in
the now customary clefs. In order to avoid
a too frequent change of clefs, which is detrimental
to the clarity of the pictorial appearance
of the notation, the right hand
notes are written as far as possible with
centred stems, the left with downstems.
The notation of the long appoggiaturas
with or without the slur to the principal
note is in accordance with the original edition
since the absence of the slur may indicate
a more distinct
Notes on the Revised Edition
In compiling this new edition it was possible
to consult a copy of the original edition
of the Goldberg Variations discovered in
Strassbourgin 1975, containing corrections
and additions in Bach's own hand.