Described by his teacher, J S Bach, as “a musician of distinction, a player of the keyboard, violin and lute and a proficient composer”, this second volume of Keyboard works by Johann Ludwig Krebs demonstrates his diverse compositional style that represents a significant sea-change in musical taste of the time. Despite Krebs not seeing any substantial success in his own lifetime, recent assessments have shown the composer in a new light with a fascinating synthesis of Baroque, Galant and Classical forms. Keyboardist Steven Devine continues this complete survey of Krebs’ significant contribution to the keyboard genre.
Overture “nach dem Franzoischen [sic] Gout” (Krebs-WV 820)
- Menuett 1 & Menuett II en Trio
- Air avec Doubles
- Passepied I & II
Partita in B-flat major (Krebs-WV 823)
- Menuets 1,2 & 3
Sonata in A minor (Krebs-WV 838)
- Fantasia – Allegro
- Allegro Assai
STEVEN DEVINE – HARPSICHORD
Double-manual harpsichord by Colin Booth (2000) after a single-manual by Johann Christof Fleischer (Hamburg, 1710). Tuned and maintained by Steven Devine.
Temperament Werckmeister III (1691)
Recorded February 2021 in Alpheton New Maltings, Suffolk.
Performing editions by Steven Devine (Overture) and Felix Frederich (Partita and Sonata – pubd. Carus)