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Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel (C. P. E. Bach)

Born: 1714 AD
Died: 1788 AD, at 74 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Composers, Musicians


1714 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was born 8th of March in Weimar Thuringia, Germany.


1724 - When he was ten years old he entered the St. Thomas School at Leipzig.


1723-1735 - Continued his education as a student of jurisprudence at the universities of Leipzig and of Frankfurt (Oder).


1738 - He took his degree, but at once abandoned all prospects of a legal career and determined to devote himself to music.


1740 - Summoned to become harpsichordist to the Prussian crown prince, moving to Berlin when his employer became King Frederick.


1740 - Obtained an appointment in the service of the Frederick II of Prussia ("Frederick the Great"),the crown prince, and upon Frederick's accession Carl Philipp became a member of the royal household.


1746 - Promoted to the post of chamber musician, and for twenty-two years shared with Carl Heinrich Graun, Johann Joachim Quantz, and Johann Gottlieb Naumann the continued favour of the king.


1749 - Wrote a fine setting of the Magnificat in which he shows more traces than usual of his father's influence.


1753-1762 - The most important of his compositions of this period were his keyboard sonatas; he also wrote his famous Essay on the True Art of Keyboard Playing, which established him as the leading keyboard teacher and theorist of his time.


1960-1968 - Composed the set Mit veränderten Reprisen and a few of those für Kenner und Liebhaber.


1768 - Bach succeeded Georg Philipp Telemann as Kapellmeister at Hamburg, and in consequence of his new office began to turn his attention more towards church music.


1769 - Produced his oratorio Die Israeliten in der Wüste.


1788 - Bach died in Hamburg on 14th of December.





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