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A Pianoforte Recital by JOYCE KADISH


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Wilhelm Friedemann Bach was Johann Sebastian 's eldest son, and it was for his instruction that his father wrote the ' Little Preludes ', the Two-Part and Three-Part Inventions, and the first book of the ' Forty-Eight Preludes and Fugues '. But Wilhelm Friedemann was not only the cause of great music in another; like one or two of his brothers, he was very nearly a great composer himself. But, whereas his father, the great Bach, seems to have been temperamentally a stolid German bourgeois, Friedemann was very much closer to the artistic type as it is popularly imagined to be.
He was lazy, self-centred, ' ungracious even to his friends', rather eccentric. And he drank. So, magnificent artist as he was--charming clavier player, organist able to ' excite reverent awe ', as a composer (says one authority) ' nearest among his brothers to his father in the originality and bent of his genius, and in his powers of improvisation'—his career had in it many elements of tragedy.
Wilhelm Friedemann was not a failure. But he might have been a much greater success than he was. He produced a considerable quantity of fine work in the rococo style, but, according to Forkel, he put the best of himself into improvisations which he was too lazy to write down.


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A Pianoforte Recital by JOYCE KADISH

National Programme Daventry, 7 August 1935 14.50

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