Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 - 1788)

Being the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach by his first wife, C.P.E. Bach was recognised as one of the greatest harpsichordists of his time. After studying at the university, a privilege denied his father, he became harpsichordist to the Crown Prince of Prussia, later Frederick the Great. However, he left his service in 1767, afer the death of his godfather Telemann, whom he succedded as director of music of hte five city churches of Hamburg.

C.P.E Bach was greatly respected both as a composer and as a friend of some of the most distinguished writers and thinkers of his time. In 1755 he published his influential Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments.

C.P.E Bach’s greatest achievement was to develop sonata-form and invest it with weight and imaginative quality. These qualities are evidently displayed in his sinfonias, concertos and over 200 keyboard sonatas.

~ Written by Boon Sin Ler


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