The Open Goldberg Variations

Bach's Goldberg Variations, played by Kimiko Ishizaka

Discover how Bach's Goldberg Variations have been used in films, books, TV series, and video games.

  • Before Sunrise and the Goldberg Variations

    The 26th piece from Bach's Goldberg Variations, Variation 25 “The Black Pearl”, is heard by Jesse and CĂ©line as they walk down the streets of Vienna. Do you want to dance, to the harpsichord? … Read more

  • Maurice (1987) and the Goldberg Variations

    The Aria from Bach's Goldberg Variations is played during the trial of Lord Risley in Maurice (1987). I am satisfied that you will pay for this for the rest of your life. … Read more

  • Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) and the Goldberg Variations

    The 26th piece from Bach's Goldberg Variations, Variation 25 “The Black Pearl”, is heard as we see scenes of Dresden burning during World War II. Ihr Schweine, ihr verfluchten Schweine Slaughterhouse-Five: Dresden burning after bombardment … Read more

  • Solaris (2002) and the Goldberg Variations

    The 26th piece from Bach's Goldberg Variations, Variation 25 “The Black Pearl”, is heard by Snow in his chambers as he advises Kelvin to lock his door at night. How much sleep do you need, Kelvin? … Read more

  • The English Patient and the Goldberg Variations

    The second piece from Bach's Goldberg Variations, the Variation 1, is played by Hana (Juliette Binoche) in a war-destroyed home on a broken piano. Maybe you're safe as long as you only play Bach The English Patient: Hana plays Bach's Goldberg Variations … Read more

  • Silence of the Lambs and the Goldberg Variations

    The first piece from Bach's Goldberg Variations, the famous “Aria”, is used to great effect in the movie “The Silence of the Lambs”. Ready when you are, Sergeant Pembry Hannibal Lecter meditating to the Aria from Bach's Goldberg Variations … Read more