April 25, 2006

Another Patriarchal Lie Exposed!

Bach didn't write all of his own music! Instead, he helped himself to the Missus' compositions:

[Professor Martin] Jarvis believes [Anna Magdalena Bach] may actually have written some of the best-loved pieces herself, including Six Cello Suites, some of the Goldberg Variations, and the first prelude of the Well-tempered Clavier Book I.

Jarvis says it's known that Anna Magdalena was a talented musician and a student of Bach's. Born in 1701, she married him in 1721, 17 months after the death of his first wife. She bore him 13 children, seven of whom died in infancy.

"I found Anna Magdalena's handwriting in places where it shouldn't have been," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. "In other words, assuming that the idea that it's her handwriting is correct, then it's in places where we really shouldn't be finding it."

Call it The Brandenburg Code.

While we're on the subject, let us not forget the unsung efforts of Mrs. Beethoven.

Yips! to Jonah.

UPDATE: A.C. Douglas sees the other shoe heading floor-ward.

Posted by Robert at April 25, 2006 12:43 PM | TrackBack