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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

1714 - 1788

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (8 March 1714 – 14 December 1788), also formerly spelled Karl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, and commonly abbreviated C. P. E. Bach, was a German Classical period composer and musician, the fifth child and second surviving son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach. C. P. E. Bach was an influential composer working at a time of transition between his father's Baroque style and the Classical style that followed it. His personal approach, an expressive and often turbulent one known as empfindsamer Stil or 'sensitive style', applied the principles of rhetoric and drama to musical structures. His dynamism stands in deliberate contrast to the more mannered galant style also then in vogue.To distinguish him from his brother Johann Christian, the "London Bach", who at this time was music master to Queen Charlotte of Great Britain, C. P. E. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach has received more than 913,092 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is the 64th most popular composer (down from 63rd in 2019), the 150th most popular biography from Germany (down from 146th in 2019) and the 15th most popular German Composer.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is most famous for being the son of Johann Sebastian Bach. He was a composer and harpsichordist.

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Among composers, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach ranks 64 out of 1,216Before him are Georg Philipp Telemann, Edward Elgar, Astor Piazzolla, Henry Purcell, Johann Christian Bach, and George Gershwin. After him are John Williams, Alexander Scriabin, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Charles Gounod, Vangelis, and Alessandro Scarlatti.

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Among people born in 1714, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach ranks 2Before him is Christoph Willibald Gluck. After him are Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, Étienne Bonnot de Condillac, Joseph I of Portugal, Claude Joseph Vernet, Niccolò Jommelli, Nikolaus I, Prince Esterházy, Alaungpaya, Pontiac, Duke Anthony Ulrich of Brunswick, and Jean-Baptiste Pigalle. Among people deceased in 1788, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach ranks 2Before him is Charles III of Spain. After him are Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, Charles Edward Stuart, Thomas Gainsborough, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, Maurice Quentin de La Tour, Johann Georg Hamann, Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Armand de Vignerot du Plessis, Infante Gabriel of Spain, and José, Prince of Brazil.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach ranks 150 out of 6,142Before him are Meister Eckhart (1260), Johann Christian Bach (1735), Franz von Papen (1879), Walter Model (1891), Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1805), and Frederick William III of Prussia (1770). After him are Alois Alzheimer (1864), Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776), Friedrich Ebert (1871), Pope Joan (null), Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900), and Georg Simmel (1858).

Among COMPOSERS In Germany

Among composers born in Germany, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach ranks 15Before him are Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714), Richard Strauss (1864), Carl Maria von Weber (1786), Carl Orff (1895), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681), and Johann Christian Bach (1735). After him are Johann Pachelbel (1653), Hans Zimmer (1957), Paul Hindemith (1895), Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710), Heinrich Schütz (1585), and Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791).