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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.’
Upon his release from service at the court, C.P.E. Bach was named court composer for Frederick the Great’s sister, Princess Anna Amalia. Her patronage and interest in the oratorio may have been influential in nurturing Bach’s ambitious choral works that followed.
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