Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Like Baroque, Like Classical

Maybe the greatest composer ever, Johann Sebastian Bach, had a large musical family as he gave birth to four great musicians and composers, two by his first wife and two by his second wife. Maybe the best of those four was Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach whose mother was Maria Barbara Bach [J.S. Bach's first wife before she died].

Carl Philipp Emanuel was affectionately known as C.P. E. Bach.

While his father Johann Sebastian was the quintessential Baroque composer, C.P.E. Bach lived in the transition period between the late Baroque and early classical period's of music, known as the Rococo period.

While C.P.E. Bach was trained and influenced by his famous father in the Baroque style, the young C.P.E. Bach transitioned with most of his compositions tending more to the classical style.

  Like Baroque [father]
J.S. Bach [1685 - 1750]
Like Classical [son]
C.P.E. Bach [1714 - 1788]

I have four compositions from first the father, Johann Sebastian Bach and his Baroque style of music; and then three pieces from the son, Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, and his transition to a more classical music style.

The pieces from CPE Bach have a light pleasant quality, and they will remind you more of a composition you might hear from the great classical composers [such as Franz Joseph Haydn] as opposed to the music you might hear from the great Baroque composers [the greatest of which was his Dad] with its polyphonic style. 

Please turn up the volume, relax and enjoy some pleasant Bach, Johann Sebastian and C.P.E., that is. => Like Father, like son or like Baroque, like Classical.

Like Father:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Double Concerto for two Harpsichords in C minor:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia and Fugue in C-minor for organ:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #5 in D Major, Movement 1, Allegro

Like Son:

C.P.E. Bach: Keyboard Concerto in D Major:

C.P.E. Bach: Flute Concerto in D minor:

C.P.E. Bach: Solfeggietto in C-minor:

C.P.E. Bach: Symphony in E-minor:


Pamela said...

So true, Michael. Two other masterpieces of C.P.E. Bach that I adore are his flute concerto in D minor and his flute concerto in G major. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CRtv6xeW5Wo

Big Mike said...

Thanks so much Pamela!!