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The Fabulous Bach Brothers
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The Fabulous Bach Brothers

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In honoring musical families, a logical place to begin is with the Bachs. For generations in northern Germany, the name Bach was synonymous with the musician Johann Sebastian. Sadly, of Johann Sebastian Bach’s twenty children—seven with...

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In honoring musical families, a logical place to begin is with the Bachs. For generations in northern Germany, the name Bach was synonymous with the musician Johann Sebastian. Sadly, of Johann Sebastian Bach’s twenty children—seven with Maria Barbara and thirteen with Anna Magdalena—only nine survived their teens. Fortunately, four of J.S. Bach’s sons were able to lead productive lives as performers and composers. His sons Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philip Emanuel, Johann Christoph Frederich, and Johann Christian were tremendously influential.

The Bach sons ushered in the Classical music era. While retaining many Baroque features —dance forms, imitation, and rhythmic drive—they embraced new formal developments with more emphasis on diatonic harmony and more clarity through homophonic textures, contrasting theme groups, and dynamics.

In the end, wealth and fame were not readily obtained by J.S. Bach. His second wife, Anna Magdalena also had to endure severe poverty after his death. Johann Sebastian’s sons were more fortunate, however, and lived in relative comfort. Their legacy is significant, but is often overshadowed by their father’s. This playlist offers you a glimpse at some of the Bach family’s music you may not know. Please enjoy!
RCM Teachers
Feb 3, 2016
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