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Brandenburg Reflections

"Six concertos à plusieurs instruments. By golly, it doesn’t sound too bad."

Musicologist Jasper Croonen delves into Bach's mind: based on music historical sources and musicological essays on the compositions, and on the basis of the (albeit limited) information we have about Bach’s personality, we can try to imagine how the composer approached this famous autograph.

What was running through Bach’s head?

"Drat, I’ve once again put aside for far too long. The guy has been waiting for my letter for two years. That’s far too long, of course, to send him my portfolio. However, he seemed very impressed when I ran into him in Berlin. As if he took some pleasure in the modest talent for music that the Heavens have bestowed on me – not bad, I can make use of that."

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