London: Welcker, . Oblong folio. Full gray paper boards with dark red leather title label gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title within decorative border by Mango, verso blank), 37 pp. Engraved.
From the collection of French pianist and conductor Alfred Cortot (1877-1962), with his distinctive bookplate and autograph annotations in pencil to front pastedown and small green monogrammatic handstamp to title; small bookseller's label "Harold Reeves" to front pastedown.
Binding slightly worn and bumped; minor cracking to joints and hinges.; endpapers slightly stained. Light uniform browning throughout; occasional stains and soiling.
First Edition. Terry p. 322; Warburton 2, pp. 339-340. BUC p. 76. Frankel: Decorative Music Title Pages, no. 171. RISM B/BB 333.
Johann Christian (the "London") Bach had a major impact on music in England, bringing a number of stylistic influences with him and becoming a leading advocate for the piano. His Sonatas Op. 5 (1766) were the first to be published in London with "piano" printed on the title as a performance option, and his piano recital in 1768 is often cited as the first in the city. It did not take long for J.C. to become a leading and sought-after musician and composer, both in England and on the continent, and he had a special influence on the young Mozart.
J.C. Bach's Sonatas Op. 10, were composed for keyboard with accompaniment, a distinct genre that was very popular in the second half of the 18th century. "Virtually all composers interested in writing for the keyboard wrote for this kind of combination. The reasons for its popularity are not hard to find, for it was looked upon as sociable music, archetypically galant." Downs: Classical Music, p. 145. Item #31300
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