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Treasure from our Archives -- Musical Quote by August Wilhelm Bach, 7th of July 1807


If you were thinking this was one of Bach's many sons think again!
Quoted from the New Grove: "(b Berlin, 4/5 Oct 1796; d Berlin, 15 April 1869). German organist, teacher and composer. He was not a descendant of J.S. Bach. He received his earliest musical training from his father Gottfried Bach, organist at the Dreifaltigkeitskirche in Berlin, and accompanied services there while still a boy [...] He received an appointment in 1814 at the Gertraudenkirche. During his two-year term there he studied counterpoint and fugue with Zelter and the piano with Ludwig Berger. [...] When Zelter died in 1832 Bach succeeded him as director of theInstitut für die Ausbildung von Organisten und Musiklehren. He was elected to the senate of the Royal Academy of the Arts in 1833 and taught theory and composition there. [...] As organist Bach not only played for services but also gave important chamber and concert performances, becoming thereby a notable exponent of the works of J.S. Bach. Of his organ students Felix Mendelssohn is the most famous."

clementi manuscript letter to gaetano