Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

(1714–1788)


Country: Germany

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was the second surviving son of the German Baroque composer, Johann Sebastian Bach and his wife Maria Barbara Bach. His name is often abbreviated as C. P. E. Bach, and his second name was in honor of his godfather, the composer Georg Philipp Telemann.

Classical music performance with Hadyn

C. P. E. Bach in concert with Frederick the Great, the King of Prussia
C. P. E. Bach spearheaded the new empfindsamer Stil, or 'sensitive style' which emphasized a variety of emotions or moods in a musical piece - this in contrast to the baroque method of using a single mood throughout a particular work. His compositions were influential in the transition between the Baroque and Classical periods.

He became known as the "Berlin Bach" while working in London, England, where his brother Johann Christian was music master the Queen Charlotte of Great Britain. He later succeeded his godfather Telemann as Kapellmeister (director of chapel music) in the German city of Hamburg. Bach was also an important teacher of music, and authored the Essay on the true art of playing keyboard instruments, which Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven all used in their studies of that instrument.

Free sheet music by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

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