The second surviving son of J.S. Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel was the most innovative and idiosyncratic member of an extremely talented musical family. His music, unlike that of his father or that of the master he influenced, Haydn, did not define an era so much as reveal a deeply personal response to the musical conventions of his time. C.P.E. Bach could play his father's technically demanding keyboard pieces at sight by the time he was seven. An exceptional student in areas other than music, he enrolled at the University of Leipzig in 1731 to study law, then transferred to the University of Frankfurt an der Oder. He graduated in 1734 but remained in that town giving keyboard lessons, involving himself in public concerts, and learning the composer's craft. By 1740, Bach was in Berlin as harpsichordist to Frederick the Great of Prussia.
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
Abschied von meinem Silbermannischen Claviere, rondo for keyboard in E minor, H. 272, Wq. 66 1781 06:40 Keyboard
Magnificat for 4 voices, chorus, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 trumpets, 2 horns, strings & continuo in D minor, H. 772, Wq. 215 1749 25:38 Choral
Symphony for 2 oboes, 2 horns, strings & continuo in E flat major, H. 654, Wq. 179 1757 10:58 Symphony
Fantasia & Fugue à 4, for keyboard in C minor "No. 7", H. 75.5, Wq. 119/7 1755 05:47 Keyboard
Die Israeliten in der Wüste, oratorio for 5 soloists, chorus, orchestra & continuo, H. 775, Wq. 238 1769 01:17:00 Choral
Sonata for flute in A minor, H. 562, Wq. 132 1747 12:07 Chamber Music
Sonata (Solo) for harp in G major, H. 563, Wq. 139 1762 14:13 Chamber Music
Concerto for flute, strings & continuo in G major, H. 445, Wq. 169 1755 24:36 Concerto
Sonata for flute & keyboard in D major, H. 505, Wq. 83 1746 14:15 Chamber Music
Concerto for cello, strings & continuo ("No. 3") in A major, H. 439, Wq. 172 1753 19:52 Concerto
Concerto for cello, strings & continuo ("No. 2") in B flat major, H. 436, Wq. 171 1751 22:51 Concerto
Variationes über die Folie d'Espagne (12), for keyboard in D minor, H. 263, Wq. 118/9 1778 08:36 Keyboard
Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in B flat major, H. 466, Wq. 164 1765 21:24 Concerto
Symphony for orchestra in E flat major, H. 664, Wq. 183/2 (Orchester-sinfonien No. 2) 1775 10:02 Symphony
Sonata for viola da gamba & continuo in D major, H. 559, Wq. 137 1746 16:48 Chamber Music
Symphony for strings & continuo in A major, H. 660, Wq. 182/4 (Sei sinfonie No. 4) 1773 12:11 Symphony
Sonata for viola da gamba & continuo in C major, H. 558, Wq. 136 1745 17:16 Chamber Music
Concerto for cello, strings & continuo ("No. 1") in A minor, H. 432, Wq. 170 1750 25:26 Concerto
La Boehmer, for keyboard in D major ("Murky"), H. 81, Wq. 117/26 1754 03:25 Keyboard
Probestücke in sechs Sonaten, sonatas for keyboard, H. 70-75, Wq. 63 1753 10:05 Keyboard
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