Those Bachs! Passionate musicians and accomplished composers all of them! Quite a family. Awe-inspiring, actually. Here’s another gem: Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach’s Sonata for Cello and Harpsichord in G Major (F. X/2). A wonderful piece of music to start into an early morning. Leaving the house with the sun just rising, driving through the countryside with Bach’s sonata in the ear – serenity.
As a rule I don’t fall ill. I just don’t. But this time I did. A flu got hold of me out of the blue on a wonderful sunny weekend. Monday morning was not funny. A sleepless night, a head so dizzy I had trouble keeping my balance – back to bed then! But I am restless person as you know. Staying in bed all day was a frightening outlook! Especially against the backdrop that it was going to be one more sunny autumn day. There was little I could do however. Reading a book was out of question, at least during that morning. Music? Perhaps. I had a foreboding that Mozart would work, some chamber music, something to calm me down, to relax, to drown in benevolent sounds, to drift away and to make the day pass quickly.
The day I received Almut Runge-Woll’s PhD thesis on the composer Emilie Mayer was a wonderful day. Besides Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann, Mayer is one of the few female composers of the Romantic era that wrote a substantial number of works and received at least some official recognition during their lifetime. Runge-Woll’s research on Mayer’s life and the evolution of her musical language would finally unlock the doors to her music and her personality. I had found recordings of some of her works and immediately became fascinated by those works, last but no least her Symphony No. 4 in B Minor.
Today’s society emphasizes perpetual self-improvement, and, considering my limited physical and intellectual capacities, I regularly resort to full-scale doping. I am not speaking of wine, mind, as the picture illustrating this post could suggest. I confess being an addict of Mozart’s piano concertos, and they invariably give me a boost. Here, Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major (KV 413) is a true force multiplier. It is extremely pleasant to the ear – the Austrian wine connoisseur would say “lieblich”, which denotes a pleasant sweetness. And the melodies Mozart has woven into the piece are true earworms.