Johann Christoph Bach (1671-1721) was the oldest brother of J.S. Bach. Johann Chrisoph’s so-called Andreas Bach Book is a compilation of early 18th-century keyboard works by French, Italian and German composers including J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Pachelbel and numerous others.
The Andreas Bach Book documents J.S. Bach’s early output from the years 1700-1715. Suffice it to say that Johann Christoph recognized his brother’s genius early on.
Included in this set is Bach’s beautiful Aria Variata ‘alla Maniera Italiana’ (BWV 989). It probably dates from 1709 when Bach was not yet 25 years old!
Enjoy this recording by pianist, Glenn Gould.