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July 31stSaturday 12:05 pm / the tower of the Main Town Hall /

The Goldberg Variations

Gideon Bodden /Netherlands/


Jan Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) 

The Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (arr. G. Bodden): 


Variatio I 

Variatio II 

Variatio IV 

Variatio VI, Canone alla secunda 

Variatio VII, al tempo di giga 

Variatio IX, Canone alla Terza 

Variatio X, Fughetta 

Variatio XIII 

Variatio XV, Canone alla quinta (reverse) 

Variatio XVI, French Ouverture con fugue 

Variatio XVIII Canone alla sesta 

Variatio XIX, Passepied 

Variatio XXI, Canone alla Settima 

Variatio XXII, Alla breve 

Variatio XXV, Adagio 

Variatio XXIX 

Variatio XXX, Quodlibet 



Gideon Bodden (The Netherlands, *1971) is city carillonneur of Amsterdam, Schoonhoven and Hilvarenbeek. He studied at both the Mechelen carillon school (Belgium) and the Amersfoort carillon school (The Netherlands). Among the carillon contests that he won, are the Queen Fabiola Contest (1993) and, together with Gildas Delaporte, the International Duet Carillon contest at Douai (France) in 1994. 

He is a frequent concert recitalist and presents lectures and courses in campanology. As a campanologist Gideon Bodden designs bell profiles using classic geometrical proportions and he tunes carillon bells. Currently he is working with bellfoundries in Slovakia, Spain, Italy and Germany. He also conducts restorations of carillons and historic automatic carillon playing devices. Carillons and peals of swinging bells with bells that he designed can be heard in The Netherlands, Belgium, England, Schotland, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Australia, Switzerland and Slovakia. 

From 2009 to 2012 Gideon Bodden served as president of the Dutch Carillon Society.