Piano teachers, students and players the world over are familiar with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Notebooks for Anna Magdalena Bach of 1722 and 1725, and it is no surprise that there was considerable interest when I reviewed Edition Peters superb new edition of them (the first complete new critical edition for some 60 years). You can read that review here.
Given the universal appreciation of the Anna Magdalena Notebook, it is odd that there is less awareness of the notebooks he compiled for his other family members. Of these, the Notebook for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach has survived fully in tact. Following the success of their new Anna Magdalena Notebook edition, Edition Peters brought out a stunning edition of this also, which I have reviewed here.
We don’t know for certain how many other notebooks Bach compiled, but there is sufficient evidence for a Notebook for Johann Christian Bach, and a probable surviving source. Now Christoph Wolff, the leading Bach scholar responsible for the previous two publications, has pieced this together to complete the trilogy, based on extensive research and compelling evidence to authenticate the material.
Make no mistake: this is a landmark publication. So let’s find out more…Continue reading Notebook for Johann Christian Bach