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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 08 June 2005 12:34 PM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Forgotten Bach aria turns up in shoebox

For three centuries it was hidden in an old shoebox, concealed beneath a couple of blank pages. But yesterday music experts across the world were hailing the discovery of a previously unknown work by the German composer and genius of the baroque era, Johann Sebastian Bach.

The work, for a soprano and harpsichord, was written in October 1713 as a birthday present for Bach's patron, Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar.

Bach, then the court organist in Weimar, penned the composition to go with a 12-stanza poem dedicated to the duke, but its existence was swiftly forgotten. The manuscript was apparently swept away into a box, together with numerous other poems and letters written to celebrate the duke's 52nd birthday.

Apologizing in advance for thread title.

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posted 08 June 2005 01:45 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's a lovely title; imagine how exciting it would be to find something like that.
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posted 08 June 2005 02:00 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Just checked all my shoe boxes:

Lovely story. And a great title, Jimmy B.

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posted 08 June 2005 02:31 PM      Profile for Albireo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I wonder how many works of great composers have been lost forever due to misplaced manuscripts? Or how many are still out there? It was very common, especially in the Baroque and Classical eras for composers to write pieces on commission for private patrons (or for the Church). Some of those manuscripts must have been used, performed for a while, then languished in boxes in attics.

Recently there was another story of a recovered Bach piece, a wedding Cantata that was discovered after having been misplaced for 80 years.

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