Christian Petzold (1677-1733)


Almost anyone who has learned the piano will know music by Petzold! The very famous Minuets in G (BWV Anh. 114) and G minor (BWV Anh. 115) from the Anna Magdalena Notebook, previously believed to be by J S Bach, were discovered to be by Petzold in the 1970s.

He was born in Saxony. From 1703 he worked as organist at the Sophienkirche in Dresden, and in 1709 he became court chamber composer and organist. Concert tours took him as far as Paris (1714) and Venice (1716). In 1720 he is known to have written music for the consecration of the new Silbermann organs at St. Sophia, and at Rötha, near Leipzig.

Christian Pezold

Suite in G minor for harpsichord CM126


This lovely 7 movement suite (Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Bourée, Passepied and Trio, Gigue and Menuet) is one of the few pieces of his to survive. Here is the start of the suite:

music by Petzold