Elisa Citterio director and orchestral arrangement
Online Premiere: June 2, 2022, 8pm EDT
Join us for the world premiere of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in a new orchestral arrangement by Music Director Elisa Citterio
Inspired by Bach’s practice of reworking his music, Elisa Citterio offers her own musical translation of the composer’s timeless keyboard masterpiece in this new arrangement for strings, winds, and continuo. Bach’s Goldberg Variations was written as an exercise in keyboard virtuosity and remains among the most technically demanding works ever written for harpsichord. Elisa first envisioned the new arrangement in 2017, when Tafelmusik performed orchestral transcriptions of two excerpts of The Goldberg Variations during a tour of its multimedia program J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation.
Sure to be a highlight of the 2021/22 season, this extraordinary program opens with a solo work for harpsichord by Canadian composer Grégoire Jeay, performed by Tafelmusik’s Charlotte Nediger.
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Grégoire Jeay The Phantom of Goldberg (harpsichord solo)
Johann Sebastian Bach Goldberg Variations (world premiere of a new transcription for orchestra by Elisa Citterio)
Want a teaser of what to expect? Enjoy this video of Elisa Citterio's arrangements of Variations no. 1 and no. 30, recorded by Tafelmusik musicians in their homes in April 2020.
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Music Director of Tafelmusik (1981 to 2014), Jeanne Lamon was praised for her virtuosity and strong musical leadership.