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300th Birthday of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

He is probably the best-known and perhaps the most talented son of the great Johann Sebastian Bach. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was born on 8 March 1714 as the third son of the later cantor of  St. Thomas’ Church and his wife Maria Barbara in Weimar. On 8 March 2014 we shall be commemorating his 300th birthday.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach received his musical training from his father and then, in 1734, began his career as a highly gifted instrumentalist, music teacher and composer. His engagement at the court of the Prussian Crown Prince Frederick in Ruppin surely contributed to his early popularity; after Frederick’s ascension to the throne, in 1740, he took Bach with him. During this period Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach established close contacts with the Graun brothers, both composers, and to the flutist and composer Johann Joachim Quantz. In 1741 Bach was appointed “chamber harpsichordist” at the court of Friedrich the Great. After applying in vain for positions as cantor at St. Thomas’s Church in Leipzig, as well as in Braunschweig and Zittau, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach moved to Hamburg in 1767 to become music director of the five principal churches and cantor at the Gymnasium Johanneum. To celebrate the start of his new position in the North German metropolis, he wrote the famous Magnificat in D major. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach died in Hamburg on 14 December 1788 at the age of 74.

A series of instrumental works of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in excellent editions can be found in our catalogues:

Concerto G major for Organ (Piano, Harpsichord), Strings and Basso continuo Wq 34
(Editor: Helmut Winter)
SIK 0638P (Score)
SIK 0638 (Set of parts)

Concerto Es major for Organ (Piano, Harpsichord), Strings and Basso continuo Wq 35
(Editor: Helmut Winter)
SIK 0639P (Score)
SIK 0639 (Set of parts)

Concerto F major for two Harpsichords, Orchestra and Basso continuo Wq 46
(Editor: Georges Kiss)
SIK 1440P (Score)
SIK 1440 (Set of parts)

Sonatina B major for two Harpsichords, Orchestra and Basso continuo Wq 110
(Editor: Georges Kiss)
SIK 1439P (Score)
SIK 1439 (Set of parts)

Concerto Es major for Oboe, Strings and Basso continuo Wq 165
(Editor: Hermann Töttcher / Karl Grebe)
SIK 0537P (Score)
SIK 0537K (Piano score)
SIK 0537 (Set of parts)

 

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