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Bach Perspectives 11

J. S. Bach and His Sons

Web Companion 2: Schloss Rheinsberg (pp. 31–33; Table 1, p. 75)

Figure 1

2.1 (pp. 31–33): Schloss Rheinsberg, 2nd floor. Floor plan, Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, 1737. Crown Prince Frederick's apartments, rooms 1–7 (plus the unnumbered library in the round tower); Elisabeth Christine's apartments, rooms 8–12. Room numbers are labeled according to the 1742 palace inventory. The two round towers (floor plan, top left and right) face Lake Grienerick. (NB: Due to renovations between 1737 and 1742, the floor plan does not completely align with the rooms of the inventory; however, the three music rooms numbered here were unchanged).

Room 4 (left): His Majesty's "Music Kammer" (music salon) in the apartments of Crown Prince Frederick, the future Frederick II, and the location of C. P. E. Bach's first encounter with Frederick in 1738. Note the three identifying windows described in the palace inventory of 1742 (see pp. 31–32).

Room 7 (upper left): Spiegelsaal (Hall of Mirrors), in the apartments of Crown Prince Frederick. A larger concert hall at this corner of the palace was destroyed by the creation of a picture gallery during the 1760s; its details were rediscovered in the course of modern restoration work, when musical emblems were identified on some of the original walls (see pp. 32–33).

Room 16 (upper right): Grosser Marmorsaal / Grosser Saal (Large Marble Hall / Large Hall; see 2.2) (pp. 32–33)


Figure 2

2.2 (pp. 32–33): Grosser Marmorsaal/ Grosser Saal (Large Marble Hall / Large Hall), room 16, completed 1740 at Schloss Rheinsberg

     This festival hall survives in original condition. Gilt motifs from Ovid's Metamorphoses appear in bas-relief on the entry doors (not shown here), signifying its function as a musical space. For the room's location, see the floor plan, 2.1.


Figure 3

2.3 (p. 33): Ceiling painting, detail. Grosser Marmorsaal / Grosser Saal (Large Marble Hall / Large Hall) (room 16): "Apoll vertreibt den Finsternis," Antoine Pesne, 1740.

     The Ovidian theme of the room is crowned with Pesne's "Apollo dispels the darkness." The theme of Apollo as the god of light and of music recurs in other music rooms at Frederick's court. Courtesy of Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg / Photo: Roland Handrick. For a view of the room in which this painting appears, see 2.2; for images of another Apollo-themed music room at court, see 8.2 and 8.3a–b.



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