Wednesday 3 March 2021

Petzold: Two Minuets from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach

Christian Petzold (1677 – 25 May 1733) was a German composer and organist. He was active primarily in Dresden where he was court oragnist, and achieved a high reputation during his lifetime including concert tours to Paris and to Venice, but his surviving works are few. When Bach published his Clavier-Übung I in the period 1726-1731, he appointed Petzold as one of his sales agents, working on commission, and when Petzold died in 1733, Bach's son Wilhelm Friedeman took over Petzold's position at St Sophia's Church in Dresden.

Johann Sebastian Bach included two of Petzold's minuets in the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, which means that Bach's name has been erroneously attached to them. So Petzold's two best known pieces are in fact known because people think Bach wrote them.

The Argentine-born, Germany based pianist Juan María Solare has recorded the two minuets as Petzold: Two Minuets from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, released through the German label, Janus Music & Sound, available through YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music.

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