30 - Some Other Bachs, pt. 7 "John Christian, a Bach in London"


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In Ep. 30, we see Johann Christian Bach round out his time in Italy by planning a new trip to London. While in London, he became immensely famous and was even given a position in the royal household of King George III and his Queen, Charlotte. Johann Christian, or as he preferred to be called, John, enjoyed a swift rise to fame. It lasted for nearly two decades, but as tastes began to change his demise came just as fast. Unable to stomach the loss of his glory, John died a broken man, mourned only by his wife and few remaining friends.

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Music heard in this episode: (All composed by J.C. Bach unless otherwise noted)

1. Symphony in E-flat major, op. 3, no. 4, mvt. 1

2. Symphony in E-flat major, op. 3, no. 4, mvt. 1 cont.

3. Sonata for two keyboards in G major, op. 15, no. 5

4. Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman", theme,

by W.A. Mozart

5. Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman", finale,

by W.A. Mozart

6. Orfeo, Minuet, by Christoph Gluck

7. Symphony in G minor, op. 6, no. 6, mvt. 1

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