Historical Concert

Friday, December 8, 1911
1911-1912, Concert II of IV

Compositions, chiefly vocal, by J. S. Bach and his sons Friedemann, Emanuel, Friedrich, and Johann Christian.


Herr Georg A. Walter - tenor vocalist
Frau Elsa Walter-Haas - accompanist
Mr Arthur Dace - solo pianist
Mr Matthew Shirlaw - organist

Work(s) / Composer(s) / Opus No(s): 

1. The last two of the four movements of the organ concerto in D minor ... Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
      a. Largo, 12/8
      b. Allegro

2. Aria: Höre vater mit erbarmen, from a cantata ... Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

3. Two sacred and two secular songs ... Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
     a. Jesus in Gethsemane (Behold ! the holiest one sorrowing in Gethsemane)
     b. Tag des Weltgerichts (the day of judgement. - Lord God have pity on us when the earth's foundations tremble)
     c. Separation (now strikes the hour of parting to separate us cruelly. Maiden how shall i live without thee?)
     d. Nonnelied (Nun's song - she bewails the loss of the joys of secular life - lover, pretty dresses etc)

4. Sonata in A major, the first from the six clavier sonatas for "connoisseurs and amateurs" ... Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
    a. Allegro assai
    b. Poco adagio
    c. Allegro

5. Die Amerikanerinn (the American maiden) ... Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach
    A lyrical picture. A cycle of five songs.
    a. Andante: Saide komm (Saide, come! My desire, my song)
    b. Andantino grazioso: Schön ist mein Mädchen (lovely is my maiden, lovely as the grape)
    c. Recitative: poco allegro, largo, and presto: du quell (o streamlet that windest through the golden sand, murmur to me where she is)
    d. Allegro: Mein her fleucht ihr entgegen (my heart flies towards her)
    e. Larghetto grazioso: Wie ambraduft (like amber perfume I will drink thee, death, out of her veins, sink on her breast, and die with her, sweet death)

6. Three sonata movements, selected from nos. 1, 3 and 2 of six sonatas, op. 5 ... Johann Christian Bach
    a. Allegro in G major
    b. Allegretto (rondo) in E flat major
    c. Prestissimo in E major

7. Two arias ... Johann Christian Bach
     a. Meiner Allerliebsten schönen (vainly to my sweetest love I bewail my pain)
     b. Wenn nach der stürme toben (when after raging storms the sun begins to shine)

8. Two arias ... Johann Sebastian Bach
    a. Die steele ruht (the soul rests in Jesus' hands when the earth covers the body), from cantata no. 127
    b. Seht was die liebe tut (behold what love does !) from cantata no. 85

12-page booklet
Programme Notes: 

The introduction to the programme consists of three-page essay (pp.2-4) examining the sons of J. S. Bach: Wilhelm Friedemann; Carl Philipp Emanuel; Johann Christoph Friedrich; and Johann Christian Bach. The words of the songs (in German only) are printed on pp.8-11.

Ticket and/or Programme Price(s): 
Fee for series: 10/6
Publicity and Reviews: 

On the outside back page - dates and programmes of the four historical concerts for the 1911-1912 season.


The organ concerto by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach is an arrangement of a concerto by Vivaldi and is now considered to be the work of J. S. Bach. In addition, it is not clear which of the op. 5 keyboard sonatas by J. C. Bach were performed on this occasion: three movements from three different sonatas are listed, but the keys of the movements do not match the keys of the three works. The movements were apparently selected from sonata nos. 1, 3 and 2, and the keys of the three movement are recorded as G major, E flat major and E major. However, sonatas 1, 3 and 2 are in the keys of B flat major, G major and D major respectively.