Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, also formerly spelled Karl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, was a German Classical period musician and composer, the fifth child and second son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach.
His second name was given in honor of his godfather Georg Philipp Telemann, a friend of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Easily Bach’s best-known piece is the Solfeggietto, Wq. 117/2, to the point that the introduction to The Essential C.P.E. Bach is subtitled “Beyond the Solfeggio in C Minor”.
Through the later half of the 18th century, the reputation of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach stood very high, surpassing that of his father.
2014 marked the 300th anniversary of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s birth.
David Schulenberg: The Music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – A study of the composer’s works, published for 300th anniversary of the composer.
A Tribute to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, sketch of the composer’s life with extensive references.
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