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CPE Bach’s anniversary will be celebrated at Baroque & Beyond’s October 12 concert, with music by him and two of his brothers (sons of the famous JS Bach). Featuring solos, duets, trios and quartets in various arrangements for a beautiful fortepiano, classical flute, violin, viola, and cello. The concert takes place in the historic chapel at Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. Concert time is 3:00 pm. Tickets ($18) are available at the door.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) was the fifth child of Johann Sebastian and his first wife Maria Barbara. His godfather was the famous composer Georg Philipp Telemann, from whom he got his middle name. He was one of four Bach sons to become professional musicians. Like the others, he received his musical training from his father.  While his musical style is most likely (of all the brothers) to show the contrapuntal influences of his father, CPE’s musical style is markedly different, notable for sudden changes of mood, unpredictability, and emotional range.

CPE’s work influenced Haydn, Mozart, and even Beethoven and Mendelssohn. Mozart is said to have commented, “He is the father, we are the children.” CPE’s works were catalogued by Alfred Wotquenne (1906) and later by Eugene Helm (1989), thus are often identified by Wq. or H. numbers.

The musical style of his younger brothers is considered galant. Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732-1795) was the ninth son of JS Bach (and the oldest surviving son with JS Bach’s second wife, Anna Magdalena). He served at the court in Bückeburg from the age of 18 until his death, and was considered a keyboard player of virtuoso rank. When he visited his brother JC Bach in London, he became fond of the music of Mozart.

Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782) was the eleventh child and youngest son, born when his father was 50 years old. He lived in Italy for years, then moved to London. He is considered a classical era composer and had a strong influence on Mozart. In London, he formed a musical partnership with Carl Friedrich Abel. Together they launched a highly successful series of public concerts.

The concert features a beautiful period-fortepiano, classical flute and strings.

Performers are John O’Brien, fortepiano; Rebecca Troxler, classical flute; Leah Peroutka, violin; Joey O’Donnell, viola; and Chris Nunnally, cello.

Date/time:       Oct. 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Address:         304 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill 27514

Tickets:           $18 at the door

Advance:        Order advance tickets from Preservation Chapel Hill: 919-942-7818