The Music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
David Schulenberg, author of important books on the music of J. S. Bach and his first son, W. F. Bach, here considers the legacy of the second son from a compelling new perspective. Focusing on C. P. E. Bach's compositional choices within his social and historical context, Schulenberg shows how C. P. E. Bach deliberately avoided his father's style whileborrowing from the manner of his Berlin colleagues, who were themselves inspired by Italian opera. Schulenberg also shows how C. P. E. Bach, now best known for his virtuoso keyboard works, responded to changing cultural and aesthetic trends by refashioning himself as a writer of vocal music and popular chamber compositions. Audio versions of the book's musical examples, as well as further examples and supplementary tables and texts, are available on a companion website.
David Schulenberg is professor of music at Wagner College and teaches historical performance at the Juilliard School. He is the author of The Music of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (University of Rochester Press, 2010).
Note about Online Supporting Material
Emmanuel Bach in Context
A Student in Leipzig
Leipzig: First Works
From Leipzig to Frankfurt (Oder) and Berlin
Joining the Court: Bach at Berlin
Bach's Works of the 1740s: Sonatas, Concertos, Trios
Beyond the Court
Berlin and After: Songs and the New Aesthetic of Vocal Music
Leaving the Court: Music Mainly for Concerts
The Later Keyboard Music
Church Piece and Oratorio at Hamburg
"Intriguing . . . [and] lucid. An attractive bonus is an extensive online supplement." INTERNATIONAL PIANO
"Well-researched and thoroughly documented. A first-rate addition to the growing literature on C.P.E. Bach. One of the best aspects of this book is the attention paid to Bach's less-known lieder and choral output." CHOICE
"Schulenberg's comprehensive knowledge of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century works...allows him to make ready connections between similar characteristics in one of Bach's works and those of another composer. [Offers] keen insights into the people in the Berlin court, Bach's role, and how carefully he fit in musically and personally. Schulenberg's survey elucidates Bach's works through his insights and vivid prose. BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute" .
"Packed with analytical and historical detail; the prose is lucid. This important book should find a place in all research libraries. Schulenberg notes similarities and divergences between the early keyboard music of his subject and [of CPE's brother] Wilhelm Friedemann." MUSIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION NOTES
"The book is a marvelous celebration of the 300th anniversary of [C.P.E. Bach's] birth, honestly showing the figure of . . . one of the most important composers of the eighteenth century." Mario Guada, Full review at http://bit.ly/1GVdAJX, DOCENOTAS
"'This is an important book that not only reflects the present state of knowledge regarding C.P.E Bach's music but also has great potential to stimulate further research. Full of insight, it will be essential reading for scholars and students with a serious interest in C.P.E. Bach and mid- to late-eighteenth-century music generally." Steven Zohn, author of Music for a Mixed Taste: Style, Genre, and Meaning in Telemann's Instrumental Works
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