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Anna Magdalena Bach's Book

This very special disc from Australia's best known harpsichord virtuoso, Elizabeth Anderson, and her son, boy soprano, Jacob Lawrence features the much loved Anna Magdalena notebook including many well known tracks such as the timeless 'Bist du bei mir'.

Also featured is the aria that forms the theme of the Goldberg variations.

Anna Magdalena Bach was the second wife of Johann Sebastian Bach. Recent research has indicated Anna Magdalena Bach, was not only the second highest paid professional musician at the Cothen Court behind her husband Johann, but was also a fine composer.

There is strong evidence to suggest that she herself may have been the author of several of the works contained within this book, including the aria on which the Goldberg variations are based, and the famous C major prelude later used by Gounod as the basis of his famous 'Ave Maria'.

The tuning system used in this recording follows the diagram left by Bach himself on the cover of the on the title page of his Well-Tempered Clavier (1722). This fine CD is sure to appeal to all lovers of fine music, not just early music enthusiasts.


Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson has performed in no less than eleven international concert tours to Europe, Japan and Singapore. She is a regular guest lecturer and performer at universities and music schools throughout Australia.

Press quotes

“...this transcendental music is performed with outstanding expertise and expressiveness...”

New Classics, UK

“As Lawrence's experience continues to expand, he will develop an even greater sense of line and rhtymic flow ... this mixture of harpsichord, organ and vocal music makes for pleasnat listening.”

— Tony Way, The Age - Green Guide

“Anderson's keyboard virtuosity, as soloist and sympathetic accompanist, shines...”

— Bob Crimeen, Sunday Herald Sun

“It takes a musician of high order, such as Elizabeth Anderson (in superb form) to reveal the magic enshrined in these deceptively easy minatures and her every contribution provides unalloyed listening delight”

— Neville Cohn, Oz Arts Review

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. Bist du bei mir, BWV 508 Johann Sebastian Bach 2:32
  2. Menuet in a minor, BWV 120 Johann Sebastian Bach :37
  3. Prelude in C major, BWV 846 Johann Sebastian Bach 2:59
  4. Menuet in C minor, BWV 121 Johann Sebastian Bach :38
  5. Schaff's mit mir, BWV 514 Johann Sebastian Bach :57
  6. French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813 Johann Sebastian Bach

  7. Allemande 1:48
  8. Courante 1:36
  9. Sarabande 1:51
  10. Gedenke doch, mein Geist, zurück, BWV 509 Johann Sebastian Bach 1:14
  11. Marche in E flat major, BWV Anh. 127 Johann Sebastian Bach :45
  12. Dir, Dir Jehova, BWV 299 Johann Sebastian Bach 1:49
  13. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 691 Johann Sebastian Bach 1:31
  14. Les Bergeries, BWV Anh. 183 Johann Sebastian Bach 3:56
  15. Aria di Giovannini: Willst du dein Herz mir schenken, BWV 518 Johann Sebastian Bach 1:44
  16. Solo per il Cembalo, Wq. 65/7 Johann Sebastian Bach 1:31
  17. J.S.B. Gib dich zu frieden, BWV 511/512 Johann Sebastian Bach :54
  18. Polonoise in g minor, BWV Anh. 123 Johann Sebastian Bach 1:06
  19. Menuets in G, BWV Anh. 115 Johann Sebastian Bach 1:32
  20. Menuet in G major, BWV Anh. 116 Johann Sebastian Bach :50
  21. Aria from the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 Johann Sebastian Bach 2:19
  22. Aria: Warum betrübst du dich, BWV 516 Johann Sebastian Bach 1:23
  23. Wie wohl ist mir, o Freund der Seelen, BWV 517 Johann Sebastian Bach 1:31
  24. French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812 Johann Sebastian Bach

  25. Allemande 2:09
  26. Courante 1:49
  27. Sarabande 1:18
  28. Menuet 1re :50
  29. Menuet 2de 1:38
  30. Gigue 1:25
  31. Polonaise in D minor, BWV Anh. 128 Johann Sebastian Bach :40
  32. Musette in D major, BWV Anh. 126 Johann Sebastian Bach :36
  33. Menuet in D minor, BWV Anh. 132 Johann Sebastian Bach :44
  34. March in D major, BWV Anh. 122 Johann Sebastian Bach :32
  35. Menuet in G minor, BWV Anh. 118 Johann Sebastian Bach :44
  36. Poloneise in G minor, BWV Anh. 119 Johann Sebastian Bach :32
  37. March in G major, BWV Anh. 124 Johann Sebastian Bach :37
  38. Polonoise in G minor, BWV Anh. 125 Johann Sebastian Bach :55
  39. So oft ich meine Tabakspfeife, BWV 515 Johann Sebastian Bach 1:00
  40. Menuet fait par Mons. Böhm Johann Sebastian Bach :46
  41. Polonaise, BWV Anh. 130 Johann Sebastian Bach :56
  42. Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827 Johann Sebastian Bach

  43. Prelude (later titled Fantasia) 2:36
  44. Allemande 1:46
  45. Corrente 1:58
  46. Sarabande 1:28
  47. Menuet (later titled Burlesca) 1:18
  48. Gigue 1:37
  49. Gib dich zu frieden, BWV 510 Johann Sebastian Bach 1:01
  50. O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 513 Johann Sebastian Bach 1:13
  51. Polonoise in F major, BWV Anh. 117 Johann Sebastian Bach :44
  52. Menuet in F major, BWV Anh. 114 Johann Sebastian Bach :45
  53. Piece in F major, BWV Anh. 131 Johann Sebastian Bach :45
  54. Recit: Ich habe genug, BWV 82, 2 Johann Sebastian Bach :56
  55. Aria: Schlummert ein, BWV 82, 3 Johann Sebastian Bach 6:21



Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.

Where to buy

Anna Magdalena Bach's Book is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Anna Magdalena Bach's Book is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

Recorded at the Move Records Studio, Melbourne Australia.

(all except tracks 1, 5, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 21, 22, 37, 46, 47, 51 and 52)

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
74 minutes 42 seconds
John Franklin
Martin Wright
Vaughan McAlley
Vaughan McAlley
Martin Wright
Australian Catholic University (tracks 1, 5, 9, 11, 14, 16, 21, 22, 37, 47, 51 and 52)
Move Records Studio (all except tracks 1, 5, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 21, 22, 37, 46, 47, 51 and 52)
The Scots' Church Melbourne (tracks 12 and 46)
Thanks to
Australian Catholic University
Release date
© 2006 Move Records
℗ 2006 Move Records
Baroque, Keyboard, Vocal
Catalogue number
MD 3304
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574330427