Born in Weimar in 1714, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was son to Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara, his first wife. Like his brothers and sisters, he was raised to the highest standards of musicianship and became a significant composer in his own right. This was not the result of his father's wish to continue a family trade - he was provided with an extensive legal education - but more from the musical opportunities he was given by patrons such as Frederick the Great.
Musically, C.P.E. Bach chose not to imitate his father's mastery of counterpoint, preferring to pioneer classical forms such as the concerto and sonata, and to expand the harmonic scope available to composers. Although his reputation has suffered owing to comparison with his illustrious forbear and those who he influenced, such as Mozart and Haydn, his pieces still hold much appeal for the performers and audiences of today.
- MIDI FILE - Solfeggetto, for keyboard (1'07'')