- C.P.E. Bach was born in Weimar in 1714. His second name - Philipp - was given in honour of his godfather, Georg Philipp Telemann, a friend of J.S. Bach's.
- He was one of four Bach children to become professional musicians, all of them trained by their father.
- His compositions include about 30 sonatas and pieces for harpsichord and clavichord.
- The composers who most influenced Bach were his father, Telemann, Handel and Haydn.
- C.P.E. Bach's musical approach is known as 'sensitive style' and contrasted the rococo style of his time.
- His first job was with Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia. Upon Frederick's accession, Emanuel became a member of the royal orchestra.
- He married in 1744. Only three of his children lived to adulthood and none became musicians.
- In 1768 Bach succeeded Telemann as director of music at Hamburg. He began to turn more of his energies to choral music in his new position.
- His compositions went on to influence the music of, among others, Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn. Mozart said of C.P.E. Bach: "He is the father, we are the children."
- Bach's music fell into neglect during the 19th century, with Schumann notoriously stating that "as a creative musician he remained very far behind his father". In contrast, Brahms held him in high regard.
C.P.E. Bach: A life in pictures
The fifth child of J.S. Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714–1788) was a highly influential composer whose music made a big impact on the period between his father's Baroque style and the Classical and Romantic styles that followed. Mozart said of him, ‘He is the father, we are the children.’