Johann Gottlieb Goldberg (1727 -- 1756) was a German
virtuoso harpsichordist, organist, and composer of the
late Baroque and early Classical period. He is most
famous for lending his name, as the probable original
performer, to the renowned Goldberg Variations of J.S.
Goldberg's works, while much less famous than the
composition by Bach that used his name, varied widely
in style, showing influences from most of the musical
trends during that transitional period in music
history. His earlier works are similar to those of J.S.
Bach, and suggest that the story he studied with the
famous composer may be true; his later works show that
he was sensitive to the popular tastes of the Dresden
court, especially in his use of the galant style. Some
of his last works, especially the concertos, use a
sophisticated harmonic language akin to that of Bach's
son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and were probably written for
the musicians of Heinrich von Brühl. Syncopation,
chromaticism, and melodies with a wide range are
characteristic of these later works.
His output includes cantatas, probably written in
Leipzig in the early 1740s; trio sonatas; keyboard
music, including 24 polonaises, one in each of the
major and minor keys; concertos for harpsichord; and a
set of chorale preludes which has been lost.
Although originally written for Violin & Harpsichord, I
created this arrangement for Clarinet Duet and Acoustic