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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
8th March 1714 � 14th December 1788

How do you go about establishing a reputation and a career when your father is the great Johann Sebastian Bach? Surely you pursue a career in the law or as a painter or you head off to the New World where people aren't aware of your background. Anything rather than be a musician and composer where you would only ever be referred to as "not as good as his father".

 Well, no, actually. In his time, J. S. Bach was generally recognised as a fine organist and a serviceable, if slightly old fashioned, composer. There are a few who seemed to recognise the genius of Carl's father during his lifetime and, in fact, we have little evidence that the 'old wig' (as he was sometimes irreverently called) saw himself as anything other than thoroughly professional musician and accomplished craftsman doing the best he could in the service of the Lord. Johann Sebastian was seen as yet another of the good musicians that the Bach family had churned out over a number of generations and it was a natural thing for his eldest son to follow the career of a musician even though he had studied law and was qualified to follow that as a profession. So successful was Carl that for several generations if anyone evoked the name 'Bach' they were probably referring to C. P. E. Bach, and his music and work possibly had more influence on composers of Classical and early Romantic eras than did that of his illustrious father.

Some forthcoming Australian concerts and performances featuring the music of C. P. E. Bach:

Australian Chamber Orchestra - Bach
Cellist from Australian Chamber Orchestra

When it comes to dynasties of musicians and composers, the Bach family is one of the most remarkable, crowned of course by the mighty Johann Sebastian. However, his forebears were more than competent at their trade as this concert demonstrates, while his two most prominent sons - Carl Phillip Emanuel and Johann Christian - explored new paths towards the ‘storm and stress’ style and Haydn and the rococo style and Mozart respectively

It was no surprise that when White Hat compiled our list top 100 concertos, J. S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins came out as number 1. Not even the best efforts of generations of juvenile violin students have been able to destroy this work. Imagine then how it shines when played by some of Australia's finest - the Australian Chamber Orchestra with Richard Tognetti (Director) and Anna Dowsley (Principal Violin) as violin soloists. Other fine soloists include Anna Dowsley (mezzo-soprano), Helena Rathbone (violin),  Erin Helyard (harpsichord & fortepiano) and Timo-Veikko Valve (cello) in C. P. E. Bach’s virtuoistic Cello Concerto.

  • J. L. Bach Suite in G major: Overture
  • H. Bach Sonata à 5 in F major
  • J. C. Bach Meine Freundin, du bist schön: Ciaconna “Mein Freund is Mein”
  • J. S. Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043 (one of White Hat's Top 100 Concerti)
  • J. S. Bach Cantata “Widerstehe doch der Sünde” BWV54: “Widerstehe doch der Sünde”
  • J. S. Bach Cantata “Ich habe genug”, BWV82: “Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen”
  • Mozart (after J. C. Bach) Piano Concerto No.12 in A major, K.414: II. Andante
  • J. C. F. Bach Sinfonia in D minor: I. Allegro
  • J. C. F. Bach Die Amerikanerin: “Mein Herz fleucht ihr entgegen”
  • C. P. E. Bach Cello Concerto in A major, Wq.172

Melbourne - Melbourne Recital Centre - Sat 18 Jun 7.30pm; Mon 20 Jun 7.30pm
MelbourneArts Centre Melbourne - Sun 19 Jun 2.30pm
Adelaide - Adelaide Town Hall - Tue 21 Jun 7.30pm
Perth - Perth Concert Hall - Wed 22 Jun 7.30pm
Sydney - City Recital Hall - Sat 25 Jun 7pm; Sun 26 Jun 2pm; Tue 28 Jun 8pm; Wed 29 Jun 7pm
Canberra - Llewellyn Hall - Mon 27 Jun 8pm
Sydney - Pier 2/3, The Neilson - Fri 29 Jul 1pm - Relaxed Performance

Pricing and online ticket sales available on Australian Chamber Orchestra website

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Selected Sheet Music by C. P. E. Bach

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