Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)

Nationality: German
Born: March 8, 1714, Weimar Died: December 14, 1788, Hamburg (age 74)

Quartet No. 1 in a minor, Drey Quartetten für Fortepiano, Flöte und Bratsche, Wq.93 H.537 (for flute, viola, cello and harpsichord)

(for flute, viola, cello and harpsichord)
6:17 I. Andantino
4:36 II. Largo e sostenuto
4:20 III. Allegro assai
Duration: 16 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1788 (age 73-74)
3 recordings, 9 videos
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7:18
Les Adieux
I. Andantino
5:14
Les Adieux
II. Largo e sostenuto
4:24
Les Adieux
III. Allegro assai
6:04
Les Boréades de Montréal
I. Andantino
4:35
Les Boréades de Montréal
II. Largo e sostenuto
4:22
Les Boréades de Montréal
III. Allegro assai
5:58
Jan De Winne · Marten Boeken · Roel Dieltiens · Shalev Ad El
I. Andantino
3:54
Jan De Winne · Marten Boeken · Roel Dieltiens · Shalev Ad El
II. Largo e sostenuto
4:28
Jan De Winne · Marten Boeken · Roel Dieltiens · Shalev Ad El
III. Allegro assai
From Edition Silvertrust

Carl Philipp Emanuel BachC.P.E. Bach's Quartet in a minor, H.537 was composed in 1788, the year of his death. It was commissioned by a friend and patron of the Bach family Sarah Iztig, a student of his older brother Wilhelm Friedemann and an avid collector of his music. The title quartet only signifies the number of players but not which instruments. It appears that the work was intended for either Flute or Violin, Viola, Cello and either Fortepiano or Harpsichord. In three movements, it opens with an engaging Andantino and is followed by a sensitive and lovely Largo e sostenuto. The finale, is an upbeat Allegro assai.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) was the son of of the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach. His second name was given in honor of his godfather the famous Hamburg composer Georg Philipp Telemann. He was one of four Bach children to become a professional musician and was almost entirely by his father.C. P. E. Bach was an influential composer working at a time of transition between his father's baroque style and the classical and romantic styles that followed it. His brother Johann Christian, music master to the Queen of England was, the known as the "London Bach," C.P.E. Bach eventually became known as the "Berlin Bach" during his residence in that city, and later as the "Hamburg Bach" when he succeeded Telemann as Kapellmeister there. His compositional style was expressive and often turbulent and was quite different fromthe more mannered galant style which was in vogue during much of his life. He worked for many years in Berlin at the court of Frederick the Great but eventually was able to obtain the post in 1768 of Kapellmeister in Hamburg where he resided for the rest of his life. Though today, his name is still known, his music, much of it deserving revival, is not often played.

This work is an excellent example of the composers mature style and is quite successful in either version with flute or violin.

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Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784)
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Born: November 22, 1710, Weimar Died: July 1, 1784, Berlin (age 73)