Simply Delightful Music from Another Son of Bach

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Serenity. © Charles Thibo

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.

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A Mozart Piano Trio to Recover from a Flu

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Rest. © Charles Thibo

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.

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Spirited Ideas in the Tradition of Beethoven

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A lady’s work. © Charles Thibo

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.

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A Sweet Intoxication from Mozart’s Pen

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Lieblich. © Charles Thibo

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.

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