OPEN GOLDBERG VARIATION No 14 by Kimiko Ishizaka with urtext, plate score and MuseScore on KR store

Sheet music of Bach's Goldberg Variation No 14 through the centuries

We are particularly excited about this KR file - it allows you to hear the brilliant performance by pianist Kimko Ishizaka with three different scores of the well loved Goldberg Variation No 14. You can select the following scores:

Facsimile of Bach's personal copy ('Handexemplar'), ca. 1741, [source: Petrucci Music Library]
C.F. Peters published plate, ca. 1850, editor Carl Czerny, [source: Petrucci Music Library]
Open Goldberg Variations MuseScore, public peer review, editor Werner Schweer, 2012, [source: MuseScore]

We think it is hugely educational to be able to hear and follow the different types of scores and bringing J.S. Bach's original handwritten score to live with our technology. Animating a handwritten score from about 270 years ago is very exciting indeed!

About Open Goldberg Variations

The Open Goldberg Variations is a non-profit project that created a high quality studio recording and typeset score of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations, and placed them directly into the public domain. By releasing an entirely free version of the classical masterpiece, the project aims to change a common problem: in theory, classical music is a common property, yet it is hard to find quality recordings of it online due to copyright restrictions on the performances. Open Goldberg Variations cemented a free, quality version into the public domain, making the music available for everyone and everything, including schools, universities, musicians, private persons and even commercial productions. 

To ensure a high quality, the typeset was produced using open-source technology and an open peer reviewing process that allows everyone to edit the script and suggest improvements. Open Goldberg Variations embraces open standards and coined the term "Open Source Bach" in reference to the ideals of Open Source Software.

The score and the recording were released into the public domain using the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license tool on May 28, 2012.

About Kimko Ishizaka

Kimiko Ishizaka was the first of three child prodigies born to Junkichi and Ruth Ishizaka in Bonn, Germany.  At the age of four, she began studying piano with her mother, who would continue to be her teacher until 1995. In 2000, she completed her performer’s diploma exam with Professor Roswitha Gediga-Glombitza at the Hochschule für Musik Köln with the highest available marks. Further studies included masterclasses with Prof. Peter Feuchtwanger, Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, the Alban Berg Quartet, and the Amadeus Quartet.


From the early age of five, Ishizaka distinguished herself as a soloist and as a chamber performer, especially in the context of the Ishizaka Trio, which consisted of her and her younger brothers. In its 16 year history, the Ishizaka Trio participated in many important festivals (Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Beethovenfest Bonn, Brauschweiger Kammermusikpodium, and the Rheingau Musikfestival), performed concerts in many countries (Japan, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, the U.S.A.), and took prizes in many renowned competitions, including:

The Menschenskinder prize from RTL (1995)
The Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition
Three consecutive 1st prizes in the International Charles Hennen Competion in The Netherlands
1st Prize in the 1998 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (German Music Competition)

Visit Kimiko Ishizaka's official website for more information.

Kimiko has produced commercial compact disc recordings with the Rubato, Primavera and Ars Musica recording companies.

About the Open Goldberg Variations scores

By Werner Schweer (July 2012). This open source edition of Bach's Goldberg Variations was created as part of the Open Goldberg Variations project. The funding for the project came from donations made by music lovers via the crowd-funding website The dedications at the bottom of most variations reflect the sentiments of the backers of the Kickstarter project. A special thanks to the many people who supported the creation of this score. This edition is released without any copyright to encourage its use and enjoyment by as wide an audience as possible. You may make copies of this text. The edition was made by Werner Schweer utilizing the free and open source MuseScore music notation program, and has been refined through an open process of public peer review. A digital version of the score, and the corresponding recording made by Kimiko Ishizaka, can be obtained online.

Visit the Open Goldberg Variations project site ; download the score in PDF and MuseScore format; this work is released via the CC0 public domain dedication.