Bach. Goldberg Variations. Variatio 3


August 20, 2016


Bach at my side, Goldberg Variations


Variatio III is the first of the regular canons, a canon at the unison: the follower begins on the same note as the leader, a bar later. As with all canons of the Goldberg Variations (except the 27th variation, canon at the ninth), there is a supporting bass line here. The time signature of 12/8 and the many sets of triplets suggest a playful character, a kind of a simple dance.

As I do in many other canons, in the repeats, I underline one voice at a time, the leader first, the follower later.