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Bach's Goldberg Variations Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 8 user ratings
ISBN:1570915105
LANGUAGE:English

" Cute little story about Bach's Goldberg Variations. It's more of a read-aloud story with cartoon-like pictures. " said.

" Make sure to listen to the Goldberg Variations WHILE you are reading the book. It makes for a much more enjoyable experience. " said.

" Fun read on the history of one of Bach's famous pieces. Having the CD to listen to while reading the story and admiring the art was a plus. " said.

" Beautiful illustrations and a wonderful introduction to one of the most beautiful and mathematically elegant musical works in existence! " said.

" Wayyy too long and wordy for my 3-year-old but he loved listening to the CD in the car and I just abbreviated each page when I read the book. " said.

"Wow, I feel really silly for including a picture book on Goodreads, but it was such a unusual find that I thought I'd review it anyway. It's about Bach, my favorite composer of all time, and how he came to write the Goldberg Variations, a particularly nuanced and complex composition, even for Bach. The author is a little loose with some of the history, but the story is intriguing, and this seems like a nice (and very accessible) way to introduce classical music to your children. The CD with the recording of the music is a plus. I'd recommend this for kids, parents, and fellow Bach-lovers." said.

"Best for kids ages 6 and up.
Early Literacy Skills: Print Motivation, Vocabulary, Narrative Skills

From Cover:
It's the fall of 1737, and Johann Sebastian Bach encourages Count Keyserlingk to take in a talented young orphan names Johann Gottlieb Goldberg. Employed aas a servant, Goldberg slips down to the music room late at night to practice playing the harpsichord. The Count, unable to sleep, discovers him one night and orders him to play something new each week. When Goldberg receives his biggest challenge, to combine all the previously played music styles and throw in a riddle, he turns to his mentor Bach for guidance. Based on the true story behind the naming of this famous piece of music.

Sweet illustrations flow through this sometimes a little slow story.
" said.

" A picture book introduction to the history of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Sure to make music history come to life, this book does a good job in the back of distinguishing between the parts that are 100% fact and where the author filled in the gaps. I don't know why the illustrator decided to put cherubs all over the place. It doesn't tie in with the music or the story. It was a weird decorative decision. " said.

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