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Joint exhibitions at Houghton Library and Loeb Music Library mark the 300th anniversary of composer C.P.E. Bach’s birth. In addition to his musical scores (photo 1, of "Heilig"), a wealth of material is now available,  including several songs published by Bach in the annual Musenalmanach, a pocket-sized book containing mostly poetry but some music on folding plates (photo 2) and "Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen" (“An Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments”) from 1797 (photo 3). The treatise introduced techniques, like using one’s thumbs, still in use today.

Bach to Bach

Joint library exhibit showcases trove of work by composer C.P.E., son of Johann