The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture


Thursday, June 09, 2005  

MINOR BACH WORK DISCOVERED
A Belated Birthday Song

Thousands of Germans presumably are scouring attics, basements, and warehouses after the Associated Press reports on a startling find in Weimar:

A previously unknown work by Johann Sebastian Bach has been discovered in a crate of 18th-century birthday cards removed from a German library shortly before it was devastated by fire, researchers said yesterday.

The two-page aria for soprano and string or keyboard accompaniment was composed for a German duke’s birthday.

Researcher Michael Maul of the Bach-Archiv foundation found the composition last month in the eastern city of Weimar. The Leipzig-based foundation said there was no doubt about the authenticity of the handwritten score, which was dated October 1713.

What are the odds?

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