Learning Exercise

Goldberg Variations: Module 7

Fourth reading (of seven) on the Goldberg Variations.


"Bach to School" is open-content curriculum that threads its way through four summative works of J. S. Bach. Designed... see more


  1. Go to the following URL and scroll down to Module 7: http://bach.nau.edu/goldberg/gbSCHOOL.html.
  2. Read the essay: "The Goldberg Theme: a Dance and a Love Story."


A reading on the importance of dance in the Goldberg Variations:

  • Video of choreography of the Goldberg Aria by Susan Jaffe.
  • Videos of baroque dances as the projection of royal power and of courtship.
  • Bach's marriage to Anna Magdalena and the importance of her notebook, which contains the first extant copy of the Goldberg Aria.
  • The prevalence of dance forms in Anna Magdalena's notebook and in the Goldberg Variations.
  • Butterly dance of Anna Magdalena's notation of the Goldberg Aria.



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