C. P. E. Bach Anniversary Year 2014

On 8 March 2014, there will be the 300th birthday of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. The six Bach cities Hamburg, Potsdam, Berlin, Frankfurt (Oder), Leipzig and Weimar 2014 are celebrating a great anniversary year on this occasion.

Johann Sebastian Bach's second oldest son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is one of the most significant composers of the 18th century and is a main representative of the musical sensitivity, which links the styles Baroque and Viennese classic. The compositional works of C.P.E.Bach are enormously varied. They comprise many instrumental music genres, including symphonies, chamber music, piano sonatas, works for solo instruments as well as spiritual and secular vocal music of all kinds.

Hamburg's lively history as a city of music

Hamburg has a lively history as a city of music, from baroque to contemporary. The first public opera house in Germany "Opern-Theatrum" opened on Gänsemarkt in 1678. George Frederick Handel played the violin and the harpsichord in the opera orchestra here at the start of the 18th century. Subsequently, the composer Georg Philipp Telemann as the musical director of the City of Hamburg took over as director of the theatre. After Telemann's death in 1767, his municipal position and position as Johanneumskantor passes to his godson Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, who from that point onwards devoted himself increasingly to sacred music. This highly respected position resulted in the composer being given the nickname "Hamburger Bach", which is the reason why the event programme on the 300th birthday of C.P.E. Bach will be on an especially large scale in Hamburg.

Events Highlights in Hamburg 2014


26 February

The Mozart Piano Quartet is playing Bach's works on 26 February 2014 within the context of the concert series "NDR Culture Foyer Concert on Tour" at the grave of birthday man in the crypt of St. Michael's Church.

07 March

"You have to play from your soul ..." - Soundscape and instrument building during the time of C.P.E. Bach. On the 300th birthday of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714–1788), the MKG is exhibiting music instruments from the epoch of the late Baroque and sensitivity.

08 March

On this day, the symbol of the Hanseatic city, St. Michael's Church, invites all to the official birthday concert ; the St. Michael's Church choir is performing together with the orchestra Concerto con Anima. Afterwards, St. Jacobi Church is celebrating the birthday with a chamber music excursion through the phases of his life within the context of a long C. P. E. Bach night.

10 March

The sensitive South African pianoforte virtuoso Kristian Bezuidenhout is performing sonatas and rondos of C. P. E. Bach in the Hamburger Laeiszhalle on 10 March.

12 and 13 March

The Hamburg Bürgerkapitänsmusik from 1780 performed by the ensemble "barockwerk hamburg" on 12 and 13 March in an atrium is music, which has never been played again since its premier. This is all in the splendid atrium with a beautiful sound of the Hamburger State and University Library.

27 and 28 April

On 27 and 28 April, the pianist Christian Zacharias will perform as soloist and conductor with the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Laeiszhalle.

15 May

The Studio for Early Music at Hamburg Music and Theater College invites to a chamber music evening in the imposing mirror hall of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe on 15 May 2014.

Guests can look forward to this and many more musical and cultural highlights during the complete C. P. E. Bach birthday year 2014. You can find more information on the programme atwww.cpebach.de!

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