For a reason so far unknown to researchers, Johann Sebastian wrote the titles of three books by theologian August Pfeiffer died in the lower right corner of the title page:.
The notebook is larger than the one, and more richly decorated. Light green paper is used for the front cover, Anna Magdalena's initials and the year number "" are printed in gold.
All pages feature gilt edging. Most of the entries in the notebook were made by Anna Magdalena herself, with others written in the hand of Johann Sebastian, some by sons Johann Christian and Carl Philipp Emanuel , and a few by family friends such as Johann Gottfried Bernhard and Johann Gottfried Heinrich.
Works on This Recording
Although the notebook does contain work composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, it also includes works by many other composers. The authorship of several pieces is identified in the notebook itself, while that of others was established by researchers.
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You can download the clip or download a player to play the clip in your browser. Johann Sebastian Bach. Thomas Church, Leipzig. Unfortunately, this portrait is lost to us today. When Bach died in July without having made a will, Anna Magdalena inherited a third of the family possessions, with the remaining two-thirds shared by the nine surviving children.
Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach 1725 • No.25 Bist du bei mir (You Are with Me)
Sometimes resorting to public charity, Anna Magdalena lived the remainder of her life in poverty with Catharina Dorothea, daughter of Maria Barbara Bach, while raising her two youngest children. She died on February 27, at the age of The Bach sons, who already had enviable careers, do not seem to have been of much help to her. This negligence may have been due to the distance separating them or to problems caused by the Seven Year War.
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In any case, it seems that the long-lived solidarity of the Bach family had become a thing of the past. A second book for Anna Magdalena dating from contained the first five French Suites, two-thirds of which are now lost. The Notebook which is the object of this recording is particular in that, when Bach gave it to his wife in , it contained only a few pieces.
Many of these airs, chorales and lieder evoke calmness, sleep or eternal rest. The aria, however, is presented without instrumental ritornellos and simply provides the continuo as an accompaniment.
In addition to these works are numerous simple pieces, copied by various members of the family, many of them written in the galant style. Often noted down anonymously and no doubt for pedagogical purposes, these minuets and polonaises, also used for dancing lessons, are not by Bach Sr.
In addition to the renowned name with which it is associated, the Little Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach is an excellent example of household musical practice, or Hausmusik, through which the rising middle class expressed its new-found values of domestic tenderness and happiness. Release date October 01, Periods Baroque. Buy the album. Archambault — CD.
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