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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.’
Emanuel’s reputation was established by two published sets of sonatas, the first of which he dedicated to Frederick the Great (pictured playing the flute). In 1746, Bach was promoted to the post of chamber musician, and served the king alongside colleagues like Quantz and Benda. Bach is pictured here at the keyboard.
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