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Andreas Staier plays Bach's Goldberg Variations on a copy of this famously grand harpsichord built in 1734 by Hieronymus Albrecht Hass currently housed in Hamburg, Germany. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Goldberg Week

Stick Your Head Into A High Performance Harpsichord

On the BMW of harpsichords, Andreas Staier takes a drive through Bach's Goldberg Variations.

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Glenn Gould's 1955 recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations instantly launched his international career. Don Hunstein/Sony Classical Archive hide caption

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Lara Downes plays contemporary takes on Bach's iconic Goldberg Variations in NPR's studio 4A. Doriane Raiman/NPR hide caption

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Goldberg Week

Lara Downes' New Viewpoints On Old Variations

The pianist performs contemporary takes on Bach's Goldberg Variations in the NPR studio

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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 Week

Hannibal Lecter's Guide To The 'Goldberg Variations'

Pianist Jeremy Denk crawls inside the head of the fictional serial killer and finds the principles of Bach.

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All this week, a look at Bach's Goldberg Variations from many points of view. Guido Bergmann/Getty Images hide caption

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