“Sleep comes more easily than it returns.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Bach's Goldberg Variations arranged for Solo Violin
Insomnia is a sleep disorder where the sufferer finds it difficult fall and/or stay asleep.
There is nothing worse than not being able to sleep…Sleep depravation is one of the worse tortures one can go through. It ’s exhausting, makes you confused, you can’t think clearly, all you want is close your eyes and go to sleep… but YOU CAN’T.
The urban myth says that Johann Sebastian composed his GOLDBERG VARIATIONS to ease the nights of insomnia of one of his patrons: Count Keyserlingk. Still unsure wether this account is totally true or not, the hypnothical nature of the Goldberg Variations is a fact. Jorge Jiménez has arranged and recomposed this monumental work of art to fit the violin and will aim to transport us to our inner safe place, where the dreams are born.
The Goldberg Variations aren’t just any set of variations on a theme. They are variations by the God of harmony: Johann Sebastian Bach. The complexity of the architechture of this pieces is such that just arranging them was enough to suit the violin. Imagine trying to fit all the furniture of Versaille Palace into a tiny one bedroom attic in Rue Lafayette: you have to choose the best and aim to keep the same feel of the big space into a tiny one.
“O sleep, O gentle sleep, Nature's soft nurse, how have I frightened thee. That thou no more will weigh my eyelids down, And steep my senses in forgetfulness?” ― William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2
Insomnia was premiered at the Festiwal Bachowski Swidnica (Poland) in July 2018 by arranger Jorge Jimenez together with DJ SLIME.