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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-88)

Composer

Johann Sebastian's third son (but fifth child) who was court musician to Frederick the Great.

A prolific composer for the keyboard, he wrote some fifty keyboard concertos. His use of thematic treatment in different keys was significant in the development of the sonata form. Mozart held him in high esteem.

Further Reading: Bach, C P E

 Interview, Steven Isserlis on CPE Bach and Haydn

The cellist talks to David about his new album of eighteenth-century cello concertos, released earlier in the month on Hyperion.

 Recording of the Week, CPE Bach Magnificat

To mark the tercentenary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach’s fifth (and most prolific) child, Hans-Christoph Rademann directs the RIAS Kammerchor and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin in a ‘punchy and agile’ account of his first large-scale choral work.

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