Bach, Handel, and Telemann, and those of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. When the cello enters at 1.08 it’s with an unexpectedly lyrical melody. This is an early work, completed in 1747 when CPE Bach was 33. Another orchestral movement of terrific energy, which I’ve chosen because it shows CPE Bach doesn’t always propel his music along by means of local, momentary shocks. Quartets for Keyboard, Flute, and Viola, Wq 94–95; III. The datings of the instrumental works derive from information C. P. E. Bach himself provided for the catalogue Verzeichnis des musikalischen Nachlasses des verstorbenen Capellmeisters Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (Hamburg 1790). Like many composers, Bach kept his most original thoughts for the keyboard, and in this piece we feel as if we’re eavesdropping on him at his clavichord, allowing one idea to lead to another, occasionally breaking off in mid-thought and starting something new – though at the end he does finally make it back to the home key. A list of works in the composer category that are not … A review of the premiere in 1783 said: “Everything in it is beautiful, moving, noble, and full of sublime simplicity... seldom have poetry and music been more fortunately united than here.”. Such are the vagaries of reputation in classical music. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (8 March 1714 – 14 December 1788), also formerly spelled Karl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, and commonly abbreviated C. P. E. Bach, was a German Classical period musician and composer, the fifth child and second surviving son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach.His second name was given in honor of his godfather Georg Philipp Telemann, a friend … March 8 is CPE Bach’s 300th anniversary, and to mark the occasion I’ve picked out 10 pieces of his that are particularly wonderful. ↵, 3. 2: Vokalwerke (to be released 2014). This is a list of compositions by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. 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They often have sudden bursts of energy followed by pathetic lapses into despair, like a distracted lady in a Lawrence Sterne novel. ms. Bach P 771; I. This cantata sets a text by the German poet Klopstock which glorifies the sunrise as a symbol of the Resurrection. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (* 8.März 1714 in Weimar; † 14. Bach in an album of Carl Friedrich Cramer (June 9, 1774). Bach: The Complete Works. About. I. There were many sides to CPE Bach besides wild emotionalism: calm evocations of the sublime, driving Baroque busyness, intricate counterpoint, Rococo charm. Alfred Wotquenne, Catalogue thématique des œuvres de Charles Philippe Emmanuel Bach, Leipzig 1905. This explains why the music is so conservative in style, but that doesn’t make it inferior. Yet fifty years later CPE Bach had disappeared, and the revival of his father’s music had just begun. This architectural spaciousness was a feature of the classical style, which by this date was looming over the horizon. To listen to the pieces embedded below, you need to register with Spotify at, This wonderful piece for double chorus and orchestra in praise of God’s majesty became one of Bach’s most famous works. Notice, too, the subtle orchestral colours, which come from woodwinds in combination, and those delicious string pizzicati (plucked notes) – a trick he might have picked up from his father’s Harpsichord Concerto in F minor. Best Bach Works: 10 Essential Pieces By The Great Composer Explore the best Bach works featuring 10 masterpieces including the Brandenburg Concertos, St Matthew Passion, and The Well-Tempered Clavier. Dezember 1788 in Hamburg), auch der Berliner oder Hamburger Bach genannt, war ein deutscher Komponist und Kirchenmusiker aus der Familie Bach.Er war der berühmteste der Bachsöhne und genoss im protestantischen Deutschland der zweiten Hälfte des 18. Six Sonates pour le Clavecin avec des Reprises Variées; II. Bach was born in Weimar, Germany on March 8, 1714 as the second surviving son of Johann Sebastian Bach and his first wife Maria Barbara. Wolfram Enßlin and Uwe Wolf, C. P. E. Bach. This is an early work, completed in 1747 when CPE Bach was 33. As this inheritance catalogue proves, C. P. E. Bach owned a large music library which can even be mostly recreated according to recent research. As for his father, JS Bach, hardly any one remembered him. The solemn opening sunrise anticipates the more famous dawn in Haydn’s Creation by 15 years. C.P.E. The choice is wide. Thematisch-systematisches Verzeichnis der musikalischen Werke: Bd. CPE Bach was once more famous than his father, the great JS Bach. This overview is based upon the two catalogues compiled by Alfred Wotquenne1 (Wq) and Eugene Helm2 (H) as well as the vocal work catalogue by Wolfram Enßlin and Uwe Wolf due to be printed soon in the Series Bach-Repertorium. Mozart called him “the father of us all,” and Beethoven kept treasured manuscript copies of his music. Two choruses, the one soft, the other loud, continually answer one another in the most remote keys.”. This shows CPE Bach in his fast and furious mode. Courtesy of the Universitätsbibliothek Kiel. But it’s not all about “sensibility”. ↵, 2. Imitative harmonization of the family name, B-A-C-H, autograph entry by C.P.E. I’ve left this one until last because it represents CPE Bach at his most extravagantly strange. 1. You can hear them all in these ten pieces. Another cello concerto, which I’ve chosen because of its impressively dark and imposing slow movement. Symphonies for Baron van Swieten, Wq 182/2–6 ; III. Works of doubtful authenticity are only mentioned in exceptional cases. In this case the oddities give an unusual colour to the music’s Rococo charm, without seriously disrupting it. Werkverzeichnisse der Musikerfamilie Bach, vol. It was his calling card as a church musician, and was actually performed in Leipzig, … The energy of those great swinging sequences at the beginning seems unstoppable, but at 00.50 the music does actually skid to a halt – temporarily. But in his eccentric way the critic was only expressing what everyone thought. The slow movement from the A flat piano sonata is a good example of the way CPE Bach’s pieces often begin innocently enough but soon take an odd turning. “Emanuel” Bach, as he was known, left around a thousand pieces, many of them startlingly original in a way that can be hard to follow. To mark the younger Bach's tercentenary, Ivan Hewett picks 10 pieces that demonstrate his genius. Here it’s more to do with wit, and also an enjoyment of the motoric energy that violins can create en masse. Growing out of Baroque music, the “Storm and Stress” period can be seen as a time of transition between the works of J.S. The very beginning almost quotes his father’s F minor three-part Invention for harpsichord, but then veers off into new territory. The poet JH Voss was at the premiere in 1776 and declared afterwards: “I know nothing by Bach that is more daring, noble or more overpowering than the music of the Angels and the People. This Sinfonia shows how Bach’s tendency to surprise isn’t always accompanied by fevered emotionalism.