ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach
Formatplaying score
ArrangerAndrew Challinger
Instrumentssopranino recorder, descant recorder, treble recorder, tenor recorder and bass recorder
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Picture of Sheet music  by Johann Sebastian Bach. The eight 3-part canons from Bach's Goldberg Variations arranged for three recorders. All canons include bass; some need treble, some tenor, some a single descant, others two descants and one needs a sopranino.

These arrangements are mostly faithful to Bach's keyboard original, though there are inevitable changes of octave to keep the music within a comfortable recorder range. They are three-part pieces but you will need five sizes of recorder to play them all. The intention is that players will study all the parts, either individually or in a group, rather than being confined to one particular one. There are no separate parts; all players play from the score so they can follow Bach's working out of his scheme: canon at the unison, at the second, at the third etc. They should act as studies in musical awareness as well as in recorder technique.

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