Christian Petzold‘s Minuets have been wrongly attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach (because of their inclusion in Bach’s Notebook for Anna Magdalena). Ironically, that was one reason for their success. None of all other Petzold’s pieces is currently in repertory.

These short two Minuets by Christian Petzold are performed world wide by piano beginners. Therefore, there are scarcely professional recordings of this wonderful music. The current release by Juan María Solare (piano) wants to fill this gap.

In consonance with the spirit of baroque music, the repetitions are not literal, but subtly ornamented.

Christian Petzold (1677 – 25 May 1733) was a German composer and organist. He was active primarily in Dresden, and achieved a high reputation during his lifetime, but his surviving works are few.

Argentine composer and pianist Juan María Solare (Buenos Aires, 1966) has lived in Germany since 1993. He has played -as soloist and within diverse chamber music groups- in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich, Amsterdam, London, Madrid, Graz, Geneva, Buenos Aires, etc. He teaches at the University of Bremen and at the Hochschule für Künste (College of the Arts).

Petzold: Two Minuets from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach: recording by Juan Maria Solare