J.S. Bach - The Notebooks for Anna Magdalena Bach

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In 1721 a 20-year-old soprano employed at the princely court in Köthen married the court s Kapellmeister, set to become the greatest composer of the age. As his second wife she married into a young family with four children, and a busy household filled with music. The music book that Johann Sebastian Bach presented to his new wife Anna Magdalena in 1722, and replaced more lavishly in 1725, treats us to a tantalizing glimpse inside this unique family, allowing us to sit beside Bach as a composer, teacher, husband and father. Over the years, these notebooks became a place for the family to share instructional exercises, favourite pieces by Bach and other composers to play or sing, early composition efforts from the children, and first versions of some of Bach's more ambitious keyboard works.

Drawn from Christoph Wolff's new and cutting-edge scholarly edition of the complete Anna Magdalena Notebooks, Edition Peters is proud to present a new volume of shorter and easier pieces from the notebooks, perfect for practical use by students of all ages and their teachers.

· Urtext edition by pre-eminent Bach scholar Christoph Wolff, Harvard Professor and former Director of the Leipzig Bach Archive

· Represents the very latest in Bach scholarship, reflecting up-to-the-minute research on texts, authorship and copyists

· A selection of the most popular pieces from the two notebooks in a practical student edition

· Contains works for keyboard and vocal pieces, following the practice of musical education and performance in Bach's home.

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