Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

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Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel

(fē`lĭp ĕmä`no͞oĕl bäkh), 1714–88, German composer; second son of J. S. Bach, his only teacher. While harpsichordist at the court of Frederick the Great, where his chief duty for 28 years (1738–67) was to accompany the monarch's performances on the flute, he wrote an important work on technique, Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments (1753, tr. 1949). After this artistically unsatisfying service with Frederick, Bach succeeded his godfather, Georg Philipp Telemann, as musical director at Hamburg. His 2 volumes of sonatas (1742–43) and his 20 symphonies established the typical classical forms of such works and powerfully influenced both Haydn and Beethoven. He also composed other keyboard music and sacred choral music. His craftsmanship was outstanding in the period between the baroque and classical periods.


See biography by E. Eugene Helm (1989).

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Alfred Wotquenne, Thematisches Verzeichnis der Werke von Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) (Leipzig: Breitkopf & Hartel, 1905).
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Eugene Helm's Thematic Catalogue of the Works of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach [New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989].
In addition, Bach mentions in his autobiography which canons and examples by him appear in volume 3 of Marpurg's Abhandlung von der Fuge (Wolfgang Horn, "Friedrich Wilhelm Marburg, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach und das Duo in contrapuncto Wq.
For instance, a degree of uncertainty over the number of compositions written by Bach stems from the discrepancy between the music found in extant sources and the compositions listed in Bach's obituary written by his son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and student Johann Friedrich Agricola.
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