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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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Bach transcribed his own works for a variety of instruments or instrumental settings and reworked them accordingly.

Bariations transcription is gathering dust. 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. The voice leading is natural and his phrasing is expressive, dynamic and alive.

Goldberg Variations by Jozsef Eötvös at

Eoetvos’ performance notes, although brief, are very useful not just for the Goldbergs but for a lot of music transcribed from keyboard to guitar. This was followed by his second CD with F. Jozaef Variations 1 – 30 Aria da Capo. He won several international competitions between and His mastery of both the guitar and this work is impressive, I didn’t know two hands could accomplish this level of complexity and contrapuntal fullness. I have it–most of it is absurdly difficult! Thanks to him, an old dream of Hungarian guitarists came true when he established guitar classes at university level in 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.


Please help by adding reliable sources. This biography eogvos a living person needs additional citations for verification. 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 even comes with bonus tracks and scores for playing a duet with him!

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Review by Jan Hanford: Large doses of sustained notes made it even more difficult to play on the guitar. If compared with the piano recordings 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. Not much need to worry about the novelty of playing it on guitar anyway; the original piece is marked “for a clavier with 2 manuals,” yet the Goldbergs have largely been popularized by pianists.

József Eötvös (musician)

The cd itself is recorded with pleasant reverb that does not interfere with the performance. Views Read Edit View history. Comments from Michael Stitt, Bach Plucked: He uses F tuning for two of the Suites as alternate editions. Every very once and while a work of art is readapted – transformed from its original form context, to become an even greater vagiations of art.

When one hears Jozsef Eotvos perform, one is immediately taken not just by his flawless technique, but by his sensitive interpretations. This arrangement is regarded by critics as the arrangement of the century. Topics archived from Public Space and its subforums after a long period of inactivity, or redundant for some other reason.


Jozsef Eotvos’ Goldberg Variations transcriptions – Classical Guitar

Variaations do you like his transcription of the Lute Suites? His arrangements are musical curiosities which are played on this instrument only by him in the whole wide world. 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 transcription is wonderfully true to the score; if there is anything left out I am not able to perceive it.

I wish more artists would put out tracks for duet play-alongs. The main reason though is not just the difficulty – it just does not work sound good on the guitar IMHO.

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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. Retrieved from ” https: He has been a teacher at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest since and he was the first in Hungary to establish a guitar faculty at a university music academy level.

Please consider supporting us eotvoos disabling your ad blocker on our website. 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.

It is too well-kept a secret and I really wish some recording company would come along and snatch him up for a major distribution deal. Short Biography Recordings of Instrumental Works.