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Having fulfilled their religious duty, they spent the rest of the time in frivolous recreations.

To avoid this there is an old rule, that the hands must always go against one another, so that when the left goes up the right must go down, and when the right goes up the left must go down. Like Handel, he found a derelict Clavier hi the attic of his home and acquired proficiency upon it.

And, what’s to prevent Stephenson himself or whoever from being fluent in German? Most composers stick closely to their tonic key and modulate out of it with deliberation.

Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Both were finished Clavier performers, but no trace of the Clavier style was apparent when they played the Organ. The Rector, Johann Heinrich Ernesti, was over frokel years of age in And what proof do you have that Wolff didn’t look at MGG?

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He may only have assisted here and there, so what is so special about this translation from the period made by a non-native German?

It enabled him to play in any key he preferred, and placed the whole twenty-four of them at his disposal, so that he could modulate into the remoter as easily and naturally as into the more nearly related keys. He supposes it to be none other than the Erfurt portrait, as indeed it well may be, since it repre- sents a man of some sixty years, austere in countenance, but of a dignity that is not so apparent in Haussmann’s portraiture. Thomas’, was largely responsible. Even so it was not customary to use every one of the twenty-four major and minor keys.

To augment the Town Musicians the Cantor has been wont in the past to employ University students and instrumental players in the School. It would be little profitable to weigh the value of Forkel’s criticism.


To begin with, he admitted octaves and fifths provided they sounded well ; that is, when the cause of their being forbidden did not arise. Thomas’ School, Leipzig, 4 a position which he were in connection with the Prince’s band. The firm was wound up in bankruptcy inStephenson having absconded to America the previous year.

Lass uns in Ruhe! See infra, Genealogical Tables i. Thus Bach, as Cantor, was responsible for the music in the two principal churches, St. In both cases he acted so con- scientiously and foorkel that he generally made 1 The ‘ Nekrolog ‘ sums up more briefly than Forkel, in a judgment which, without doubt, is the very truth: The twins appear to have been quite remarkable. The Vivaldi Clavier Concertos are in Peters bk.

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There has to be SOME trust that musicologists have done their jobs well! Here and there, too, were found persons who desired to hear on their own instrument pieces which the performer had played best or gave them most pleasure. See Spitta, ‘ Johann Sebastian Bach,’ fodkel. It is, in fact, difficult to understand how such an un- satisfactory piece of work found its way into print.

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For his brother no sooner had given him one piece to learn than the boy was demanding another more difficult. The King was present and listened to the performance from a convenient window. We need only compare Couperin’s with Bach’s system of fingering, as Carl Philipp Emmanuel explains it, 1 to discover that Bach’s fotkel every passage, however intricate and polyphonic, to be played with ease, whereas Couperin’s is hardly effective even for his own compositions.

Thus, having been in a position to inform myself on all matters relating to Bach’s life, genius, and work, I may fairly hold myself competent to com- municate to the public what Bzch have learnt and to offer useful reflections upon it. Here forkek have the art which old Reinken of Ham- burg considered to be lost, but which, as he afterwards found, not only survived but attained its greatest perfection in Bach.

Forkel gives most attention to Bach’s keyboard music. How about giving M Kassler a call to be sure, first?

Paul, the so-called ‘ old service,’ held originally on the Festivals of Easter, Whit, Christmas, and the Reformation, and once during each University quarter. On the whole matter see Schweitzer, i. Otherwise the hearer’s attention will be diverted from the tout ensemble.


Reckoned in modern currency, and judged by the standard of the period, the Cantor’s income was not inadequate and served to maintain Bach’s large family hi comfort. When it dissolved in its mission was accom- plished, the entire works l of Bach were published, 1 So far the New Bachgesellschaft has published only a single Cantata overlooked by the old Society. Thomas’s, Leipzig, it suffered almost complete neglect until a generation after Forkel’s death. The most that Kassler could determine is that Kollmann may have provided ‘some assistance’ to the translator.

On November 21, 1 Steigt freudig in die Luft,’ first performed at Cothen, set to a new text, ‘ Schwingt freudig euch empor.

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They charged him ‘with having been hitherto in the habit of making surprising variations in the Chorals, and intermixing divers strange sounds, so that thereby the congrega- tion were confounded.

Wilhelm Friedemann, who accompanied his father, often told me the story. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Bach’s brother, Johann Christoph, was his pupil. Having invited Bach to breakfast one morning, he placed on the Clavier, among other music, a piece which, at a first glance, seemed perfectly easy. The Leipzig of Bach’s day offered various oppor- tunities for musical celebration ; official events in the University, ‘ gratulations ‘ or ‘ ovations ‘ of favourite professors by their students, as well as patriotic occasions in which town and gown par- ticipated.

He tuned his Harpsichord and Clavichord, and was so skilful in the operation that it never took him more than a quarter of an hour.

At the beginning of his Cantorate Bach worked amid discouraging and unsatisfactory conditions. Not until did the Society pass under Bach’s direction and its members become available as auxiliaries in the church choirs under his charge.

By a representative selection of keyboard music…. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login. This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat Pupils resorted to him and filled his empty house, to one of whom, Altnikol, he gorkel a daughter in marriage.