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'The Biggest Jazz Riff Ever Written:' Jeremy Denk's 'Goldberg Variations'

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Jeremy Denk's new recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations comes out Sept. 30. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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"I've thought to myself often listening to some classical works: 'I think I want to make a couple million dollars and turn that into a pop song,'" Joshua Bell (right) says, laughing. "There's a lot of untapped potential there." Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Hear Joshua Bell And Jeremy Denk On 'Song Travels'

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Jeremy Denk: Playing Ligeti With A Dash Of Humor

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Bach's 'Goldberg Variations': Infinite Worlds Out Of Eight (Borrowed) Notes

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In pianist Jeremy Denk's world, Silence of the Lambs serial killer Hannibal Lecter has a few Bachian traits. Kobal Collection/Orion hide caption

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Goldberg Variations: Aria (Jeremy Denk in NPR's studio)

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Variation 17 (excerpt, Glenn Gould, 1955)

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