Soundpost: Letters to the Editor April 2021


A selection of letters The Strad receives each month from its readers around the world: April 2021 issue


The favourable review of Ensemble Diderot’s new recording (Reviews, March) mentions five of the six composers featured on the disc. The sixth, who is not mentioned at all, is Princess Anna Amalia of Prussia (1723–87, above). She was a very interesting figure and talented composer, daughter of King Frederick William I and Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, and sister of Frederick the Great. She studied with Johann Philipp Kirnberger, one of Bach’s most distinguished students, and appointed him her kapellmeister. Kirnberger included one of Anna Amalia’s works in his Kunst des reinen Satzes, a classic 18th-century book on composition technique. Ensemble Diderot’s album includes the world premiere recording of her Fugue in D major, but sadly she is omitted from the review. Anna Amalia also collected music in her Berlin library, preserving works by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach, as well as Handel, Telemann and others, thereby making a significant contribution to western music.


Baldock, UK

Already subscribed? Please sign in

Subscribe to continue reading…

We’re delighted that you are enjoying our website. For a limited period, you can try an online subscription to The Strad completely free of charge.

  • Free 7-day trial

    Not sure about subscribing? Sign up now to read this article in full and you’ll also receive unlimited access to premium online content, including the digital edition and online archive for 7 days.

    No strings attached – we won’t ask for your card details

  • Subscribe 

    No more paywalls. To enjoy the best in-depth features and analysis from The Strad’s latest and past issues, upgrade to a subscription now. You’ll also enjoy regular issues and special supplements* and access to an online archive of issues back to 2010.


* Issues and supplements are available as both print and digital editions. Online subscribers will only receive access to the digital versions.