Johann Sebastian married Anna Magdalena in 1721 after the death of Maria Barbara and bore him thirteen children (of which only six lived beyond childhood). Their first son, Gottfried Heinrich Bach, was mentally handicapped although this did not prevent him from mastering the keyboard to a high level. So oft ich meine Tobackspfeife (subtitled, ‘enlightened thoughts of a tobacco smoker’) from Anna Magdalena’s Notebook is a charming melody and is all that survives by GH. CPE described him as ‘a great genius, which however failed to develop’. We have added a decorated refrain for the trumpet to capture something of the historic pleasures of a receding habit.

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

Parts included:

  • Piano
  • Trumpet in C

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