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The Goldberg Variations with Charles Owen & Marcus du Sautoy

Kings Place: Hall One90 York Way, London, Greater London, N1 9AG, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Sunday 10 October 202111:00
Marcus du SautoyPresenter
Charles OwenPiano

Bach’s student, Lorenz Christoph Mizler, once described Bach’s music as the process of sounding mathematics. The Goldberg Variations are perhaps one of the most beautiful examples of Bach’s mathematical ideas at work.

In this talk, mathematician and Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science Marcus du Sautoy will explain how ideas of symmetry are at work throughout the variations. Like an audible Alhambra, Bach plays with different symmetrical ideas to create the 30 variations that make up the piece.

Pianist Charles Owen has received outstanding critical acclaim for his performances of and insights into JS Bach’s keyboard works. For this special lecture recital he will bring his signature clarity of articulation and characterisation to the iconic Goldberg Variations.

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