Bach. Goldberg Variations. Variatio 17


May 22, 2016


Bach at my side, Goldberg Variations


This variation is a two-part virtuosic toccata. This is the first piece of the second half of the Goldberg (introduced by the Overture, i.e. Variation XVI). Specified for two manuals, the piece features hand-crossing. It is in 3/4 time and usually played at a moderately fast tempo.

The mood of this variation is particularly lively. It seems that the ascension of the left hand brings joy to the whole piece.