The Goldberg Variations are a work written for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach, consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations. First published in 1741, the work is one of the most important examples of variation form.
I imagine the Goldberg Variations have been performed a million times since Bach wrote it, and on every conceivable instrument. I am a big fan of JS Bach’s music, and I’ve done a lot of listening to YouTube recordings of this work while knitting my lace interpretation for it, but of all the performers of the Goldberg Variations, I can’t help but consider Glen Gould possibly the most iconic. This performance was filmed 55 years ago, and still it rocks! (If you can’t spare 12 minutes to listen to the whole video, at least fast forward to 10:30 and listen to Glen’s commentary ) . . . I love Glen Gould humming and enjoying himself with measured rapture during recording!
Next post I will ‘unveil’ what has been a work in progress for weeks upon weeks. I have been enjoying myself immensely for those weeks while knitting a couple samples of lace, and yet , I’m one lace piece short. I really want this the pattern to be submitted to Ravelry before the Valentines holiday, but fell sorrowfully behind, so the ‘missing’ lace variation will be cast on to my needles the moment this is posted. I will take a deep breath and see you on the flip side with my new pattern very very soon!
Its the end of January, and that means the coldest barest month of the winter is over. But I’ll take a thousand Januaries, for the rain and cold means the watershed is potent on the mountain, promising a verdant landscape in spring and water trickling through into the heat of summer, pushed down and flowing somewhere deep beneath the forest. The days are warming up a little, and in a week the fields will be solid yellow with mustard flowers, which are already beginning to bloom!
I am in need of a break, feeling quite assaulted with lace knitting & difficult chart writing, but in the nick of time I’ve recalled the quote from Elizabeth Zimmerman, and remembered it being a revelation a few years ago in in this post . To me this quote of EZ’s is a diamond jewel for staying out of the mindset of crazy perfectionist thinking, reminds me there are no knitting police, and even though my lace may sometimes be riddled with mistakes, I can surely hope from my forthcoming pattern, yours will be a flawless veil of heirloom-worthy stitches that you can be proud of, for that is my first desire, truly.
In closing, I hope you enjoy this incredibly masterful, energetic, and artful performance film of Mahan Esfahani and his harpsichord. I’ve got a few more Variations queued up for you, so as long as you don’t mind listening, I don’t mind posting them, until at some point there will be a logical destination for all of them.
Meanwhile, I have got a second stole underway with the single ply lace weight …
made from my yarn tasting of Simply Wool . In fact, I am so utterly smitten with Unspun that I can’t help myself wondering how far out I might go. I’ll ponder the thought as I take my stole knitting out for a trail walk!
Pacing myself through days strung end to end of insane lace knitting, and my perspective of life has gone into a bit of another dimension. I am at least enjoying discovering unusual variations of “The Variations”, and here posting this true find as another in my secret veils series. I hope you enjoy this sultry evocative performance by Lore Hillenhinrichs and Martina Weber.