Johann Gottlieb Goldberg is a young servant in the employ of Count Keyserlingk. A talented musician, the boy secretly practices playing the harpsichord at night. When the count discovers Goldberg one evening, he challenges Goldberg to combine all the harpsichord music he's learned--and to throw in a riddle. In a panic, Goldberg turns to Johann Sebastian Bach for the perfect piece of music to appease the count. Stylized illustrations include elements from the baroque period. For families, teachers, and curious music lovers of all ages.
Bach's Goldberg Variations by Anna Harwell Celenza, illus. by JoAnn Celenza, picks up on the musical successes of this duo's Farewell Symphony and Heroic Symphony. The book opens as Bach introduces a potential benefactor to 10-year-old prodigy Johann Gottlieb Goldberg; the boy goes to live with Count Keyserlingk, and his ever more challenging musical requests prompt the boy to seek help from Bach, who meets his needs with the title piece, included on a CD recording. .