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BACH, Carl Philipp Emanuel
b Weimar, 8 March 1714
d Hamburg, 15 December 1788, aged seventy-four


He was the second surviving son of Johann Sebastian by his first wife. Telemann was one of his godparents. He was educated at Thomasschule Leipzig, then at the University of Frankfurt-on-Oder. In 1740 he was appointed cembalist in the Kapelle of Frederick the Great, himself a flautist. While at court he wrote two volumes on the art of piano technique, and he may be regarded as the founder of modern piano-playing, as well as one of the originators of the sonata-symphony form. In 1767 he succeeded Telemann as director of the five principal churches in Hamburg.
1731 (17)
Trio in B minor
1742 (28)
Prussian Sonata
1743 (29)
Sonata for clavier, Wurtemburgian
1747 (33)
Sonata in D major
1762 (48)
Harp Sonata in B minor
1770 (56)
Passion Cantata
Solfeggio in C minor
Duo in E minor
1773 (59)
Fantasia in C minor
1775 (61)
The Israelites in the Wilderness, oratorio
1780 (66)
Symphony in F major
1787 (73)
The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus, oratorio
1788 (74)
Concerto in Eb, for harpsichord, fortepiano and strings
Quartet in G major
C. P. E. Bach's works include 210 solo clavier pieces, fifty-two concertos with orchestral accompaniment, twenty-two passions, many cantatas, sonatas for violin and piano, and trios.



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