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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach


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Weimar, Germany (1714 – 1788)

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (8 March 1714 - 14 December 1788) - more commonly known as C.P.E. Bach - was a German musician and composer of the early Classical period.

The second of eleven sons of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach, C.P.E. Bach was born in Weimar on 8th March 1714. He was one of the founders of the Classical style, composing in the and periods.

Through the latter half of the eighteenth century, his reputation was very high. This was mainly because of his clavier sonatas, which marked an important development in the history of musical form. Lucid in style, delicate and tender in expression, they are even more notable for the freedom and variety of their structural design; they break away altogether from the exact formal antithesis which, with the composers of the , had hardened into convention, and substitute the wider and more flexible outline which the great showed to be capable of almost infinite development.


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  • bantha_fodder_

    Holy shit, I'm starting to think C.P.E. is seriously underrated.

    2 Aug 9:27pm Reply
  • kitsunee

    what a badass

    26 Feb 5:16pm Reply
  • KeIemvor

    His piano works are incredible and so ahead of their time. I don't understand why he's (apparently) so overlooked and underappreciated compared to his contemporaries.

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
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    4 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Audiokoma

    <3 CPE Bachs music performed with Mellotron-Keys

    16 Mar 2014 Reply
  • pyokatZe

    Check out this webpage set up for the celebration of C.P.E. Bach's 300th anniversary!

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    I'm not mad about either. I'd probably go for the blue-coat picture over the buff-coat one, but only by a hair.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • TotenFaschist

    people actually prefer the blue coat picture to the cream coat one??

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    They're not played on instruments at all, but produced digitally in a horrible sort of music-box way. To be avoided at all costs...

    4 Jul 2013 Reply
  • blueskin69

    i love the three pieces offered here for free but i have a rather dumb question: am i the only one who fails to hear a single note played on flute in the whole flute concerto? is it recording of flute concerto played on completely different instrument?

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • kieleke

    Aaa his oboe concertos <3 Too lovely!

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    I'd never come across it until, and the Internet generally. I'm fairly sure that it's not common in the U.K. -- is it U.S.?

    7 May 2012 Reply
  • tihsymtae

    I agree with the criticism of describing classical music (in the broad sense) erudite. But it is a common use of the word.

    3 May 2012 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    What a self-congratulatory, smug, and inaccurate use of the word "erudite".... Music can't be erudite, and enjoying this or any kind of music doesn't require erudition. Nor need the composers or performers be erudite (the former sometimes were, the latter more rarely).

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Vaaram

    ach wie schön... schmelz...

    30 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Olli6


    10 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Antinomie__

    Nice music

    2 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Soothing_Pulse

    i will buy his wig!

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • Yan84

    гениальный чел.

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • sinisha

    He could never outshine his father, despite calling him an old wig.

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
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