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Preface to Handel's "Suites de pieces pour le Clavecin" #OTD

George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel

Thursday, 14th November 1720

On this day in 1720, George Frideric Handel wrote the following to preface his edition of his "Suites de pieces pour le Clavecin":

"I have been obliged to publish Some of the following Lessons, because Surrepticious and incorrect Copies of them had got Abroad. I have added several new ones to make the Work more usefull, which if it meets with a favourable Reception; I will Still proceed to publish more, reckoning it my duty, with my Small Talent, to serve a Nation from which I have receiv'd so Generous a Protection."