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E. Eugene Helm

revised by Derek McCulloch

in 1767 . From March 1756 to December 1764 no operas were produced at the Berlin Opera House; and from the end of the war to Frederick’s death in 1786 almost all the opera productions there were revivals of pre-war works. C.H. Graun died in 1759 ; his place was taken after the war by Agricola, but without the title of Kapellmeister. Agricola mounted three operas of his own, but these were mere imitations of Graun’s and were held in open contempt by Frederick. When Agricola died in 1774 the direction of the opera passed to the unwilling C.F.C. Fasch, again without


Nicholas Temperley

professional staff, from whom he expected obsequious obedience. He kept control of the RAM concerts, insisting on programmes of Italian operatic music and allowing no English compositions but his own. The Times in 1837 complained of these programmes scathingly: Above all, we would exclude all the compositions to which the name of Lord Burghersh is attached. They belong to no school, have no sort of merit, and can only serve to pervert the taste, such as it is, of the pupils …. As he is known to be absolute dictator in the affairs of the Academy, the making himself


Roger J.V. Cotte

depleted estate, and has since been untraced. Several portraits of Bagge are known, one of them engraved by Nicolas Cochin (reproduced in Terry) and another portraying him with a violin ‘comme un ménétrier’. Works all printed works published in Paris Orchestral 3 sinfonie (1788) 4 vn concs., all (n.d.) vn conc., F-Pn ; 2 symphonies concertantes, D-B Chamber 6 quatuors concertants, str qt, op.1 (1773) 6 trio, 2 vn, b (n.d.) Airs de Marlborough variés