Friday, 7 November 2014

Written by Mrs Bach

Formally Anna Magdalena, an

accomplished singer, gifted musician,

manuscript copyist. His second wife.

Bore thirteen children, devoted her life

to their family, his genius. So

she composed some of his great works? We know

she had servants to help, sister-in-law

to share the daily household grind, the chore

of management. Scores surviving in her hand

show no heaviness, suggest the quick and

deft corrections of a true creator.

So say those arguing she helped author

some of her husband’s work.  Madness. A woman?

Calm down, chaps; it’s unworthy of discussion.

Andrew Lloyd Webber downplays Mrs. Bach

©Sue Norton