Connecting the Past to the Future. The Legacy of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

The commercial and defensive confederation of merchants and their market towns along the coast of Northern Europe — commonly known as the Hanseatic League — assured that the free city-state of Hamburg was completely under the control of commercial enterprises. [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 4th, 2014
The Lethal Chalice Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6, Op. 74 “Pathétique” Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s (1840-1893) died a mere nine days after conducting the première of his final composition. Composed between February and August 1893, his Symphony No 6 was first given on [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 29th, 2014
Bach is the Father, we are the Children!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart famously told Gottfried van Swieten, a diplomat, librarian and esteemed patron of music, “Bach is the father. We are the children!” Interestingly, Mozart did not have Johann Sebastian in mind, but referred to Carl Philipp Emanuel instead. [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 20th, 2014
Hail to the Flautist! C.P.E. Bach at the Court of Frederick II of Prussia

When Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach joined the royal court of Frederick the Great of Prussia as an accompanist in 1740, a stable of some 17 musicians primarily devoted to the performance of chamber music greeted him. The monarch himself was [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 10th, 2014
Music from the deepest Province Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major , Op. 44

Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44 To prove his potential earnings from composition to his highly skeptical father-in-law —we all remember that Friedrich Wieck had taken Robert to court in order to prevent the “old alcoholic” from [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 8th, 2014
A Cellist’s Dream – The Beethoven Cello Sonatas

Pablo Casals, cello Mieczyslaw Horszowski, piano Cello Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1 Cello Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2 Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69 Cello Sonata No. [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | January 5th, 2014
A rousing start! The musical education of C.P.E. Bach

When Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was born on 8 March 1714 in the city of Weimar, his father was employed as court organist at the ducal court. By then, Johann Sebastian had already acquired a fierce reputation as an organ [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 31st, 2013
Johannes Brahms, Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60

In 1853, with a stack of original compositions in his backpack, Johannes Brahms (1833-1896) finally found enough courage to visit his musical hero Robert Schumann. Their brief encounter prompted Schumann to pen his famous article “Neue Bahnen” (New Paths) — [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 19th, 2013