“Never criticize the composition of a king . . .

. . . You never know who may have written it.”

– Johannes Brahms

quoted in Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment (P.S.) by James R. Gaines – a delightful read, by the way. I’m continuing my research for Famous Men of the 18th Century and will be writing chapters on both Bach and Frederick the Great. Gaines’ book is a fascinating double-biography spun from the single encounter between the two men and highlighting the two very different worldviews they represented.

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