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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.’
While in Berlin, he placed himself in the forefront of European music with a treatise, ‘An Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments’. It was immediately recognised as a definitive work on keyboard technique. In it, he broke with tradition in allowing, and even encouraging, the use of the thumbs!
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