HIGH DEFINITION PIANO ANTHOLOGY

"Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach"

 

A) Klavierbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach
    [Little piano book for Anna Magdalena Bach]

B) Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach
    [Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach]

 

Anna Magdalena Bach-Wilcke was Johann Sebastian Bach second wife. She was also a musician and valuable support her husband's work who often organized social life and musical events, helped him by teaching and frequently transcribing his compositions.

 

The titles "Klavierbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach" and "Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach" refers to two notebooks compiled at different times, containing pieces of various genres for didactic purposes and enjoyment.

 

The first of these books, the "Klavierbüchlein der A. M. Bach", was compiled in Cöthen in 1722, but unfortunately, only 25 sheets rimain as the rest of the book has been lost.

The second one, the "Notenbüchlein der A. M. Bach", dates back to 1725 and was completed in Leipzig. In the first book all the compositions are by J.S. Bach, while in the second, many pieces by other authors have been added to J.S. Bach's compositions.

 

 

A)  "Klavierbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach"
       [Little piano book for Anna Magdalena Bach]

To see the 1722 original manuscript:
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz

Klavierbüchlein der A. M. Bach, 1722

 

 

Below are the pieces included in this version:

 

     01. 
Several fragments then incorporated in the French Suite BWV 812 for Keyboard.
  02. Several fragments then incorporated in the French Suite BWV 813 for Keyboard.
  03. Several fragments then incorporated in the French Suite BWV 814 for Keyboard.
  04.  A complete suite later become the French Suite n. 4 BWV 815.
  05. A complete Suite later become the French Suite n. 5 BWV 816.
  06.  “Fantasia pro Organo” [Fantasy for Organ], unfinished, BWV 573.
    (A short organ piece, 12 complete bars and the initial notes of the 13th bar).
  07. "Air with variations” in C minor, unfinished, BWV 991
    The first 10 bars feature two-part writing,
    but the remaining 35 bars only one voice have been written out.
  08.  "Jesus, meine Zuversicht" [Jesus, my trust], chorale prelude, BWV 728. 
    (A brief piece in three voices, featuring two sections each of wich are repeated). 
  09.  Minuet in G major, BWV 841. 
    (A short dance simply written in two-parts with two sections, each of wich are
repeated).
 

 

 

 

B)  "Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach"
       [Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach]

To see the 1725 original manuscript:
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz

Notenbüchlein der A. M. Bach, 1725

 

Below are the pieces included in this version:

 

  01. Partita in A Min. BWV 827  
  02. Partita in E Min. BWV 830  
     03.  Menuet in F Maj.
BWV Anh. 113  
  04. Menuet in G Maj.
BWV Anh. 114 by Christian Petzold
  05. Menuet in G Min.
BWV Anh. 115 by Christian Petzold
  06. Rondeau in B-flat Maj. "Les Bergeries"
                                          [The Sheep pens]
BWV Anh. 183 by François Couperin
  07. Menuet in G Maj.
BWV Anh. 116  
  08. Polonoise in F Maj. BWV Anh. 117/a  
   - Polonoise in F Maj.
BWV Anh. 117/b  
  09. Menuet in B-flat Maj. BWV Anh. 118  
  10. Poloneise in G Min. BWV Anh. 119  
  11. Choral vor J.S. Bach "Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten" in A Min.
[Choral by J.S. Bach "If you only let the good Lord act"]
BWV 691  
  12. Choral "Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille"  in F Maj.
               [Be happy and stay silent]
BWV 510  
  13. (Choral) vor J.S.B. "Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille"  in G Min.
               [by J.S.B. "Be happy and stay silent"]
BWV 511  
   - (Choral) vor J.S.B. "Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille"  in E Min.
               [by J.S.B. "Be happy and stay silent"]
BWV 512  
  14. Menuet in A Min.
BWV Anh. 120  
  15. Menuet in C Min. BWV Anh. 121   
  16. March in D Maj. BWV Anh. 122 by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  17. Polonoise in G Min. BWV Anh. 123  by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  18. March in G Maj. BWV Anh. 124  by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  19. Polonoise in G Min. BWV Anh. 125 by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  20. Aria "So oft ich meine Tobackspfeife" in D Min.
         [I so often have my tobacco
pipe]
BWV 515
 
 
   - Aria "So oft ich meine Tobackspfeife" in G Min.
         [
I so often have my tobacco pipe]
BWV 515a   
  21. Menuet fait par Mons. Böhm in G Maj.
- - - by Georg Böhm (Not included in the BWV catalogue)
  22. Musette in D Maj. BWV Anh. 126  
  23. Marche in E-flat Maj. BWV Anh. 127  
  24. (Polonoise) in D Min. BWV Anh. 128  
  25. (Aria) "Bist du bei mir" in E-flat Maj.
           [If you are with me]
BWV 508/a by Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel
Version for voice and keyboard instrument
   - (Aria) "Bist du bei mir" in E-flat Maj.
           [If you are with me]
BWV 508/b by Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel
(Transcription for keyboard instrument)
  26. Aria in G Maj. BWV 988/1 Aria of the Goldberg Variations
  27. "Solo per il Cembalo" in E-flat Maj.
[Only for the Harpsichord]
BWV Anh. 129
by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  28. Polonaise in G Maj. BWV Anh. 130  by Johann Adolf Hasse 
  29. Prelude in C Maj. BWV 846/1 from "Das Wohltemperierte Clavier"
  30. Suite 1re pour le Clavessin in D Min. (French suite)
[1st Suite for the Harpsichord]
BWV 812  
  31. Suite 2de pour le Clavessin in C Min. (French suite)
[2nd Suite for the Harpsichord]
BWV 813 Incomplete
  32. (Without title) in F Maj. BWV Anh. 131 by Johann Christian Bach
  33. Aria "Warum betrübst du dich" in F Min.
          [Why are you sad]
BWV 516  
  34. Recit: [Recitative] "Ich habe genug" in G Maj.
                                 [I have enough]
BWV 82/2,3
 
   - Aria "Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen" in G Maj.
         [Sleep, tired eyes]
   
  35. (Choral) "Schaff's mit mir, Gott" in C Maj.
                 [Do what you will with me, God]
BWV 514   
  36. Menuet in D Min. BWV Anh. 132  
  37. Aria di Giovannini "Willst du dein Herz mir schenken" in E-flat Maj.
                                  [Will you give me your heart]
BWV 518  
  38. Aria "Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen" in G Maj.
         [Sleep, tired eyes]
BWV 82/3 Unfinished
  39. Choral von J.S. Bach "Dir, Dir, Jehova, will ich singen" in B-flat Maj.
[Choral by J,S, Bach "For you, for you, Lord, I will sing"]
BWV 299/a Version for choir
   - (Choral) "Dir, Dir, Jehova, will ich singen" in B-flat Maj.
                 [For you, for you, Lord, I will sing]
BWV 299/b Two-voice version
   - (Choral) "Dir, Dir, Jehova, will ich singen" in B-flat Maj.
                 [For you, for you, Lord, I will sing]
  (Transcription for Keyboard Instrument)
  40. (Choral) "Wie wohl ist mir, o Freund der Seelen" in F maj.
                 [How happy I am, oh Friend of souls]
BWV 517  
  41. Aria "Gedenke doch, mein Geist" in E-flat Maj.
         [Remember, my soul]
BWV 509  
  42. (Choral) "O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort" in F maj.
                 [O eternity, word of thunder]
BWV 513  

Tullio Forlenza