Music for 'Pentecostal Air' Setting of Bach's 'Pentecostal Air', from around 1886.
National Library reference: MS.9756, f1.


In the spring of 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson's family rented a piano. Stevenson began to learn, and approached the task with amateur gusto. The works of Bach were particular favourites:


'Bach is adorable; so singularly unspewy. I wish I could get the Pentecost air with more than one finger; but … the attempt to introduce the other notes knocks the time to old Harry …'


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