Among his numerous children, Johann Sebastian Bach sired five musically gifted sons. The eleventh volume of Bach Perspectives presents essays that explore these men's lives and careers via distinctive and, in several cases, alternative and interdisciplinary methodologies. Robert L. Marshall traces how each of the sons grappled with ”and at times suffocated beneath ”their illustrious father's legacy. Mary Oleskiewicz's essay investigates the Bach family's connections to historical keyboard instruments and musical venues at the Prussian court, while David Schulenberg looks at Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's diverse and innovative keyboard works. Evan Cortens digs into everything from performance materials to pay stubs to offer a detailed view of the business of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's liturgical music. Finally, Christine Blanken discusses how the rediscovery of Bach family musical manuscripts in the Breitkopf archive opens up new perspectives on familiar topics.
About the Author
Mary Oleskiewicz is an associate professor of music at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Table of Contents
Father and Sons: Confronting a Uniquely Daunting Paternal Legacy Robert L. Marshall 1
Keyboards, Music Rooms, and the Bach Family at the Court of Frederick the Great Mary Oleskiewicz 24
C. P. E. Bach's Keyboard Music and the Question of Idiom David Schulenberg 83
Voices and Invoices: The Hamburg Vocal Ensemble of C. P. E. Bach Evan Cortens 113
Recently Rediscovered Sources of Music of the Bach Family in the Breitkopf Archive Christine Blanken 132
General Index 175
Index of Works 185