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  • 2019 Jun 17 W.F.Bach

    June 12, 2019 01:24

    Of J.S. Bach’s 20 children, six survived to adulthood and four became noteworthy composers in their own right. Wilhelm Friedmann Bach was J.S.’s eldest son. His musical instruction was primarily from his father — who wrote for him, when he was ten, the charming "Little Keyboard Book for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach" which includes an early version of J.S.'s famous "Prelude in C", later expanded into the form we know today. He also studied the violin. When he was 9 his mother died. (When daddy J.S. was 9, both his parents died. A strange and sad coincidence...) Dad remarried a couple years later. (more )

  • 2018 July 15: Who wrote it?

    June 02, 2019 10:30

    One morning, Schubert brought singer Michael Vogl several songs for his perusal. Busy at the moment, Vogl set them aside and examined them later when he had opportunity. He liked one especially, but it was too high for him, so he transposed it and had a (hand) copy made. A couple weeks later he, Schubert and some friends were enjoying a musical evening together. Something new was asked for, and without comment Vogl placed Schubert's song on the piano (in its new key, and someone else's handwriting). When Schubert heard the piece, he exclaimed "H'm! Pretty good song! Who wrote it?"

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