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Bösendorfer Sponsors the Open Goldberg Project

By providing concert grand with CEUS recording technology Bösendorfer will sponsor the Open Goldberg Project, which is creating a new score and recording of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations.

The Goldberg Variations of J.S.Bach are a cultural treasure that belongs to all of humanity. Although the work has been in the public domain for hundreds of years, no openly licensed digital score or recording is readily available.

The Open Goldberg Project, in conjunction with their partner  and pianist Kimiko Ishizaka, are creating a score and a studio piano recording of the Goldberg Variations which will be free to the world to own and use in any manner, as defined by the Creative Commons Zero license. Both the score and the recording will be released as public domain works, guaranteeing that they will be free for everyone, forever.

Kimiko Ishizaka will record Bach's Goldberg Variations ...

Kimiko Ishizaka will record Bach's Goldberg Variations ...

The variations will be performed in a top German sound studio by award-winning pianist Kimiko Ishizaka, to produce a definitive contemporary recording of the highest professional standard. The score will be created by MuseScore, the leading open source music notation company.

CEUS: Bösendorfer's unique reproduction system

As sponsors, Bösendorfer will provide the flagship concert grand piano, the 290 Imperial CEUS, for the recording. The piano’s unique, rich tone and orchestral sound are thanks in part to its powerful soundboard and the high proportion of Alpine mountain spruce used in its body. Aside from lending additional beauty and depth to the recording, Bösendorfer's contribution will also make a CEUS recording of of the Goldberg Variations possible.

CEUS is a system that allows suitably equipped pianos to faithfully record and reproduce real, live performances by playing the recording back on the piano exactly as played. Every detail, from the velocity of the key stroke to timing and pedaling is reproduced as in the original performance.

... on the Bösendorfer 290 Imperial.

... on the Bösendorfer 290 Imperial.

Creative fundraising

The CEUS recording of the Goldberg Variations will also be released to the public domain. Fundraising for the Open Goldberg Project, including the opportunity to order CDs of the recording and copies of the score, continues on until June 2nd, 2011. Thanks to the enthusiasm of backers on Kickstarter and premium sponsors, the Open Goldberg Project is breaking new ground in arts financing while making a lasting contribution to the public domain.

Open Goldberg Project, EIN 273992022, is a non-profit organization dedicated to backing the creation of openly licensed artistic works and projects. Robert Douglass is the founder and Director of The Open Goldberg Project.

For more information about the Open Goldberg Project visit:

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(Photocredits: Robert Douglass, Bösendorfer)