Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach 1725 (Piano with fingerings)

Bach, Johann Sebastian

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J S Bach Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach 1725 (Piano with fingerings)

“A mendicant woman from the Haynstrasse, aged 59 years, Anna Magdalena, née Wilckin, widow of Mr. Johann Sebastian Bach, cantor at the St. Thomas School” – thus reads the entry dated 29 February 1760 in the Leipzig "Ratsleichenbuch” (City Register of Deaths) for a woman whose name has become known throughout the world thanks to the two music books put together for her by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Bach himself opened the book with two of the large Partitas subsequently published in the first part of the "Clavierübung”; the rest of the contents was determined by Anna Magdalena. On the whole, these are short pieces of “galanterie”: minuets, polonaises, marches, compositions by the elder children and attempts by the younger ones, little pieces, which she copied out of the family guest book and which had been written there more or less as tokens of friendship by the many visitors in the Bach home.

The fingerings we have added to the music of the Klavierbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach represent a selection among many conceivable options.  They have been chosen with a particular eye to the inspiration that this marvelous volume from Bach’s family circle can still impart to piano lessons today.  In this sense, they also accommodate small hands searching for an ideal connection between physical dexterity, sensible voice-leading, and musical design.

- Urtext of the New Bach Edition

- Urtext edition without fingering BA5164

Selected piano pieces from Bärenreiter’s Urtext catalogue are published with fingerings.  (The well-known Bärenreiter Urtext editions without fingerings remain in print as before).

These new volumes combine the definitive Urtext from the New Complete Editions with tried and tested fingerings from well-known pianists and teachers.  They also contain notes on interpretation.

The Editor
Renate Kretschmar-Fischer is one of the outstanding and most successful piano teachers of our times.  She has worked with Arthur Schnabel, Monique Haas, Georges Enescu, Nadia Boulanger and Igor Stravinsky.  She belongs to the honorary board of trustees of the World Federation of Chopin Societies and has been a jury member at many national and international competitions.

Kretschmar-Fischer, Renate
Baerenreiter Germany


  1. Minuet F major BWV Anhang 113 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  2. Minuet G major BWV Anhang 114 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  3. Minuet G minor BWV Anhang 115 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  4. Rondeau B-flat major from Fr. Couperin BWV Anhang 183 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  5. Minuet G major BWV Anhang 116 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  6. Polonaise F major: 1st version BWV Anhang 117a / 2nd version BWV Anhang 117b [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  7. Minuet G major BWV Anhang 118 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  8. Polonaise G minor BWV Anhang 119 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  9. Choral "Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten" BWV 691 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  10. Unmarked movement (Choral "Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille") BWV 510 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  11. Choral "Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille": version G minor BWV 511 / version E minor BWV 512 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  12. Minuet A minor BWV Anhang 120 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  13. Minuet C minor BWV Anhang 121 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  14. March D major BWV Anhang 122 [Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel]
  15. Polonaise G minor BWV Anhang 123 [Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel]
  16. March G major BWV Anhang 124 [Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel]
  17. Polonaise G minor BWV Anhang 125 [Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel]
  18. Aria "So oft ich meine Tabackspfeife" : version D minor BWV 515 / version G minor BWV 515a [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  19. Minuet [Böhm, Georg]
  20. Musette D major BWV Anhang 126 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  21. March E-flat major BWV Anhang 127 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  22. Polonaise D minor BWV Anhang 128 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  23. G.H. Stölzel?: Aria "Bist du bei mir" BWV 508 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  24. Aria for Piano G major BWV 988/1 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  25. Ph.E. Bach: Solo per il Cembalo Es major BWV Anhang 129 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  26. Polonaise G major BWV Anhang 130 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  27. Prelude C major BWV 846/1 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  28. Unmarked movement F major BWV Anhang 131 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  29. Aria "Warum betrübst du dich" BWV 516 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  30. Recitative and Aria "Ich habe genug / Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen" BWV 82 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  31. Choral "Schaffs mit mir, Gott" BWV 514 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  32. Minuet D minor BWV Anhang 132 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  33. Aria di Giovanni "Willst du dein Herz mir schenken" BWV 518 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  34. Choral "Dir, dir, Jehova, will ich singen" BWV 299. version a: four-part / version b: one-part [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  35. Choral "Wie wohl ist mir, o Freund der Seelen" BWV 517 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  36. Aria "Gedenke doch, mein Geist, zurücke" BWV 509 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  37. Choral "O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort" BWV 513 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  38. Gedicht: Ihr Diener, werte Jungfer Braut [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  39. Generalbassregeln / General Bass Rules 1 and 2 [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
  40. Anhang: Ph.E.Bach: Sonate per il Cembalo solo (G major) / Solo per il Cembalo solo (Sonata Es major) [Bach, Johann Sebastian]

Additional Information

Baroque Period
Harpsichord, Piano