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The Goldberg Variations being in mostly the same key may only indicate that key isn't what is being varied. Texture, process, tessitura, rhythm, etc., can all be varied. The canons are different by way of the follower's entry interval.


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I recently started a degree in harpsichord after playing the piano. You do need a different set of techniques for the harpsichord, especially if your goal is to always produce the best quality sound. On the harpsichord, the slightest motion will make a difference so a good way to practice is to experiment with the sound by using different touches. Of course, ...


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You can buy lectures from Prof. Robert Greenberg he has a whole course on the life, history, and work of Bach. Prof. Greenberg teaches in Berkeley. You can get the courses on the Great courses website



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