Thus Passeth the Glory of Mistaken Attributions

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Thus Passeth the Glory of Mistaken Attributions

Post by dulcinea » Mon May 07, 2007 4:50 pm

The tune of VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY HAYDN is not by Haydn; the tune of VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY CORELLI dates from before the birth of the grandparents of Corelli; the TRUMPET VOLUNTARY is not by Purcell but by Jeremiah Clarke. What other famous misattributions are there? I know that, during the 19th century, the Baroque and Classical periods were so little-known and understood that most people actually believed that the Baroque consisted only of JSB and GFH, and the Classical was only WAM and FJH.
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Re: Thus Passeth the Glory of Mistaken Attributions

Post by Jack Kelso » Tue May 08, 2007 2:30 am

dulcinea wrote:The tune of VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY HAYDN is not by Haydn; the tune of VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY CORELLI dates from before the birth of the grandparents of Corelli; the TRUMPET VOLUNTARY is not by Purcell but by Jeremiah Clarke. What other famous misattributions are there? I know that, during the 19th century, the Baroque and Classical periods were so little-known and understood that most people actually believed that the Baroque consisted only of JSB and GFH, and the Classical was only WAM and FJH.
The theme Brahms used for his "Variationen über ein Thema von Haydn" was a theme that Haydn had "used", but it did not originate with him ("Choral des heiligen Antonius").

The "Kindersinfonie" ("Toy Symphony"), once ascribed to Haydn, is now believed to be a work by Leopold Mozart.

Albinoni's beautiful famous "Adagio" (which has even "enjoyed" pop versions!!) was probably not by him. Does anyone know to whom it is now attributed?!

Jack
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Post by jbuck919 » Tue May 08, 2007 3:41 am

My father wrote the Pachelbel Canon and I'm still in court for back royalties. :)

Seriously, the Cat Aria which was long thought to be by Rossini is now attributed to an Englishman (God help us) by the name of Pearsall, not sure how it's "spelt." That's Pearsall, not Purcell.

In the specialized world of the organ, there are several misattributed works of J.S. Bach, notably the "six little preludes and fugues" that every organ student learns, which are probably the work of his pupil Johann Ludwig Krebs. Wrongly considered a misattribution, however, and this is still being bandied about to the point of driving me to distraction, is the famous Tocatta in D minor, which, as strange a work as it is, is in my book by Bach because it could not possibly be by anybody else.

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Post by rasputin » Tue May 08, 2007 7:33 am

"Mozarts's" "Adelaide v.c. and "Haendel's" viola c. are works by
Henri Casadesus, a practical joker.

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Post by michael renardy » Tue May 08, 2007 12:57 pm

According to the Wikipedia article on Casadesus, the "Adelaide Concerto"
was actually written by Henri's brother Marius.

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Post by dulcinea » Tue May 08, 2007 1:49 pm

The Minuet from the Anna Magdalena Notebook which inspired that most enchanting of songs, LOVERS' CONCERTO, is by Christian Petzold.
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