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Musical Book Club

An interactive discussion of J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg Variations', with pianist Steven Osborne and SE's Artistic Director Jonathan Morton.

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What is Scottish Ensemble’s Musical Book Club?

We’re delighted to invite you to a new online experience: SE’s ‘Musical Book Club’, the fourth instalment of which will be hosted by award-winning Scottish pianist Steven Osborne and feature Scottish Ensemble’s Artistic Director Jonathan Morton.

Through our Musical Book Club, we want to offer a relaxed environment to bring people together, discuss powerful works of music, and recapture some of the post-concert spirit we might otherwise enjoy over drinks after a performance.

Please note, you don’t need to have any existing technical musical knowledge to join in – this is all about sharing passion and interest! You’re welcome to join the discussion, share thoughts and questions, or simply listen along at home.

The Goldberg Variations

One of the most iconic works in musical history, J.S. Bach’s The Goldberg Variations comprise 30 dazzling variations, constellated around a simple aria.

Scottish Ensemble have a long and close relationship with the work, culminating in 2015’s contemporary dance collaboration with Swedish contemporary dance group Andersson Dance: Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia. This bold, critically-acclaimed production saw SE musicians dancing alongside contemporary dancers while performing the work.

Join SE’s Artistic Director Jonathan Morton and award-winning Scottish pianist Steven Osborne to delve deep into this remarkable set of variations.

How Can I Join In?

The Book Club will be hosted through the free video conferencing software Zoom. If you would like any assistance downloading or configuring Zoom, just let us know.

A playlist containing recordings to be discussed, along with some questions and thoughts from Steven and Jonathan, will be shared with participants around one week before the session.

Tickets for this event cost £5 (plus an online booking fee).

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Any Questions?

If you have any further questions, feel free to write to Scott at scott.morrison@scottishensemble.co.uk.

Musical Book Club #4: Steven Osborne on The Goldberg Variations – Online,

Wed 16 Sep 2020 at 7:30 pm