245. Bach’s first secret love in Arnstadt
And they continued to dream their Peony Gondola dream:
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This year 1581 was a very important year for the life of Palma and Palmina.
It was on the one hand a good year but it was also a year of big decision.
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At the next morning Palma and Palmina read in the newspaper:
»A big burning incident happened in Arnstadt city in Germany. Nearly the whole city was destroyed and burned. Also the Organ was completely destroyed. It will take decades to reconstruct the city and a new organ there…«, Palma said to Palmina.
»Oh, the poor people of Arnstadt…«, Palmina said.
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Suddenly the Peony Gondola showed them a talk between Mozart and his talented piano playing and composing Sister Nannerl:.
»…and this really happpened? Bach was in Venice secretly with his wife and with 2 of his 4 daughters?«
»Yes, Nannerl, I know this from one of his daughters. Our family has a very good friendship to the Bach family. You remember, I learned from a Bach son, they call him the London Bach. And, and,…the daughter of Bach said if we have financial problems we should write them and the Bach daughters will collect money so that they can send money to us to help us…«
»Oh, really,«, Nannerl Mozart said, »they are really good friends, good musician friends…We all love the Bach-family«.
»So a Bach daughter told me this secret story about Bach. – Nannerl, Natschi, Tschini Fibi! – Listen:…«
And Mozart gave Nannerl a tender kiss on her talented hands and on her cheeks and he begun the secret story and it was like that:
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As Bach explained to his daughter Elisabeth that the well-known famous painter Palma il Giovane had his big family flat in the 2nd floor left beside the Astronomic Clock on the San Marco Place, the Bach family all went to have a fine walk along the big promenade along the „Riva degli Schiavoni“ in the south direction.
After a long walk they went in a left street which led them to the »Campo Bandiera e Moro«, a big place.
picture 01 view from the big place at Palmina’s bakery shop »Campo Bandiera e Moro« in Venice
At the »Calle de la pieta« they sat down to a little bakery cafe to have a rest.
Daughter Elisabeth gave the little cage with the yellow canary bird on the table and little ‚Pipsy‘ started suddenly to make: »Peep, peep, peep!«.
»What’s with you, Pipsy, why are you so excited…?«
Bach looked around and looked to the bakery shop, and looked again at the place.
»Anna Magdalena«, which was 15 years younger then his husband Johann Sebastian, felt that something is going on in his heart but she did not ask, maybe he has an inspiration.
„This bakery shop, this big place…this looks also…this remembers me…oh, my old remembering…my first…she was my first….yes, the lute playing bakers daughter…“
Bach seemed to be excited. Never his daughter had seen him so emotionally looking around in his whole live.
picture 02 Venice at Palminas bakery shop
»Daddy, what’s wrong with you…you have been here on that place..? You have remembering…remembering on this bakery shop with a lute playing baker’s daughter…«
Anna Magdalena remembered in this moment that Bach was strongly inspired to compose a lot of Lute music piece and it is e secret why this instrument really inspired him so much.
»Peep, Peep, Peep«, made the little yellow canary bird and Bach understood his beloved yellow canary bird. The bird seems to tell him all his remembering.
»Oh, It is a very emotional remembering.
picture 03 Arnstadt-Schlossmuseum-Baeckerei-mon-plaisir-18-Jhr-1983
As I was 18 years old, you know as I was officially playing the first time on the Organ in Arnstadt…hmmmm. I remember very good, this sunny day, it was the…13th of July in the year 1703…what a day…want you really hear this story???
…it was my first love…«
»Oh, Daddy how Romantic, tell us we want to know…Daddy’s first love with 18 years.«
»Peep,peep,peep…«, made Pipsy and jumped excited agreeing in his little wooden cage around.
Anna Magdalena did not know this episode of Bach’s early live. She smiled shy and was interested to hear about that.
picture 04 Bach Praeludium in C-Magior
»Yes, In Arnstadt…yes, she was my first love and she brought me to be a composer. She inspired me to compose the Capriccio, I later dedicated also to to my brother, but it was composed for her and the Preludium in C-major…and piece for Organ ‚Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern‘ – because she was the morning star on my horizon shining for me… and,…ok, I tell you…«
And Bach begun to tell the story, sitting at the Campo Bandiera e Moro in Venice at the baker’s shop at the ‚Calle de la Pieta‘.
For a moment he had tears in his eyes and Anna Magdalena realized it and put his hand on his right arm.
»Yes, but without her I would never decide to be a composer I would never meet your mum later as composer and we would never get married and you, my little daughters would not now be here with us here in Venice…“
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And Bach started to tell the little love-story and it was like that:
picture 05 Arnstadt – Johann Sebastian Bach Church
On the 13th of July in the year 1703 Bach was invited to test the new Organ in Arnstadt. The Church was full of people and they wanted all to listen how the new organ of Johann Friedrich Wender was sounding.
The people had to wait a long period since the city burned in the year 1581.
The place was full of people. All the people wanted to listen and to see the new organ of the church.
picture 06 left view to the historic bakers shop
A young bakers daughter from a shop direct on the left side of the entrance came out of her shop as she listened Bach’s organ playing.
She opened her mouth like to hear a miracle.
Yes, she stopped her work in her shop. But she could not see me.
picture 07 Bach-Organ in the Johann Sebastian Bach Church
First she only listened Bach without seeing how he looks like.
A big familiar feeling went through her heart. She was sure she knows him. Yes, he is an old soul and their souls are friends, deep music loving friends.
»Hach, why this talented musician is only testing our new Organ? Why he comes not and played always for us…?«, The mother of the baker’s daughter said.
She heard the organ also playing and stood now beside her daughter.
The baker’s daughter wanted to hide her fascination for Bach’s Organ playing, but mother realized very fast and smiled understanding.
picture 08 Entrance of Bach Church in Arnstadt
After the concert the people of Arnstadt where fascinated and applaud not only for the quality of the sound of the organ also for the way the compositions Johann Sebastian played.
picture 09 Big place in Arnstadt with Bach Monument
The people said »We have to ask him to stay in our city to be our Organ playing musician…he is the best musician and best organ expert…«
– »Congratulation, such a good organ and such a good performance…«
»Great, great, we want more concerts from Mr.Bach«
And as Bach left the church he was surrounded by the people of Arnstadt like a shooting star.
picture 10 view on the historic baker’s shop in Arnstadt
The baker’s daughter wanted to see how Johann Sebastian is looking like, but she could not see him, so much people are outside at the place around the church.
»If he would come in our bakery shop? This amazing Organ playing star?«, the bakers daughter said to her mother and again her mother understood and smiled.
picture 11 young ladies wearing traditional cloth of the 18th century
»He played so wonderful the Organ like Apollo. We could even hear his concert outside here on the street.
picture 12 Bäckerei Fischer Arnstadt (as example)
Whole Arnstadt is celebrating him, it is a big honour to have a concert by Bach here in our little city. If he will stay here and play the Organ every week?
picture 13 Original Bach Organ manuals and Pedals in the Bach Museum Arnstadt
Let us pray that the heaven decides to lead his way to us, mother…«
And again mother smiled silent and understood.
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After they saw this Peony Gondola Vision Palmina put her head on Palma’s side and they heart suddenly a music like that:
VIDEO: (Storms on the way to the light – Violin and Piano) https://youtu.be/3Xmxoru2nRY
(to be continued…)
Read also the other CHAPTERS of this story
»Palma il Giovane – The Peony Gondola« here: