Johann Bernhard Bach (1676-1749) was Johann Sebastian’s second cousin and a figure far removed from the devotional context of his older organist cousins. Here is a man conversant with the secular trappings of court life, composer of French-style orchestral suites, and colleague and friend of Telemann. His suites are, as J.S Bach’s Obituary Notice suggests, by one who ‘composed many beautiful overtures in the manner of Telemann’ and which Johann Sebastian copied for performance at the Collegium Musicum. La Joye is a suitably light-headed, dainty and invigorating French dance whose German harmonic surety encourages our arranger in the reprise towards a bold rustic vigour.
- Trumpet in C
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