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Bückeburg Palace

Bückeburg Palace

Four of the Brothers Bach will take center stage at the eighteenth Focus on Piano Literature conference 5-7 June 2014 in the Music Building at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Guest artists and lecturers Jacques Ogg, Christoph Wolff and David Schulenberg will examine the careers of four of Johann Sebastian Bach’s musical sons:

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
The famous brother, Emanuel “wrote the book” on keyboard playing and distinguished himself as an inspired improviser. All the great Classical masters acknowledged their debt to him. Never at a loss for a musical idea and a host of ways to express it, he created a body of works for keyboard rivaled only by Haydn’s for imagination and craft, yet many of today’s pianists are scarcely aware of his work.

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784)
The eldest brother, Friedemann struggled to find stability in his life yet amassed a respectable record of professional achievement as an organist and composer.

Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782)
The rebellious brother, Christian left Germany, mastered the idioms of Italian opera, traded Lutheranism for Catholicism, and climbed to the apex of London musical society as the Queen’s music master, yet he left a widow in penury.

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732-1795)
The quiet brother, Christoph Friedrich settled into service at the small court of Bückeburg and spent his days composing in the fashionable genres and styles.

During the conference, professors John Salmon and Andrew Willis, along with several other UNCG School of Music, Theater and Dance faculty, will perform works composed for clavichord, harpsichord, organ and fortepiano by the many members of the Bach family.

– UNCG Now

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