Extreme Privacy Jean-Philippe Rameau and Marie-Louise Mangot

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie, “Ou suis-je?” Jean-Philippe Rameau was extremely tall and thin, “more like a ghost than a man.” He had a sharp chin, no stomach, flutes for legs and his eagle profile was aesthetically so attractive that [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 15th, 2014
I dream of Jeanie! Stephen Foster and Jane McDowell

Stephen Foster: I dream of Jeannie with the light brown hair To everyone’s surprise, Stephen Foster married Jane McDowell, daughter of a leading Pittsburgh physician, on 22 July 1850. For friends and mutual acquaintances, it remained a mystery why the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 5th, 2014
Objects of Desire Stephen Collins Foster and Susan Pentland

Stephen Collins Foster grew up in Alleghany City, a Pennsylvania municipality located at the junction of the Allegheny and Ohio rivers. The Foster’s shared a large two-family house with the family of a retired Army Officer. Captain Pentland was a [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 23rd, 2014
A Marriage of Convention C.P.E. Bach and Johanna Maria Danneman II

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Morning Song on the Day of Creation, Wq. 239 In the spring of 1768, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and his family relocated to the city of Hamburg. C.P.E. had been appointed Kantor at the Johanneum and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 9th, 2014
In vino veritas! C.P.E. Bach and Johanna Maria Danneman

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Keyboard Concerto in D Major, Wq. 13, H. 416 (1744) Approaching the ripe old age of 30, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach had a steady but poorly paid job with Frederick II, King of Prussia. Away from [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 24th, 2014
Among true Friends! The Berlin Monday Club

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: “Der Tag ist wieder hin” (Another day has passed), Gellerts Geistliche Oden und Lieder Throughout his 30 years of service to Frederick II, King of Prussia, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was never able to gain recognition [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 9th, 2014
Like Father like Son! Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Trio Sonata in A minor, Wq. 148, H. 572 I have always wondered what it must have been like to grow up as the son of Johann Sebastian Bach. The old man was known around town [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 29th, 2013
70 Children and Counting! Cardinal Ottoboni and Arcangelo Corelli

Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 1 By all accounts, Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni — grandnephew of Pope Alexander VIII —loved “pomp, prodigality and sensual pleasure.” Apparently, portraits of his mistresses disguised as saints, including the angelic Margarita Pio [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 9th, 2013