St. Cecilia Presents Herzlichen Glueckwunsch - Anniversaries from the Bach Circle performed by Brad Bennight and Hans-Henning Vater performing
The legacy left by J.S. Bach refers not only to his monumental compositional output, but also to the influence he had on composers of subsequent generations. Two of the most gifted of Bach's pupils to take his mantle were his son, Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach and Johann Ludwig Krebs. Born within a few months of each other, they were undoubtedly acquainted through the St.Thomas school, and both celebrate their 300th anniversaries.
While both Krebs and C.P.E. Bach were trained by the elder Bach, each had his own particular musical style, both of which were different than that of their teacher. These individual styles were, however, often rooted in the genres and forms propagated by J.S. Bach. The works for violin and obbligato harpsichord by J.S. may well have served as models for the two younger composers, and it is in the works for this combination of instruments, as well as two highly virtuosic sonatas for violin and continuo by Krebs, that Krebs and C.P.E. clearly begin to depart from the shadow of J.S. Bach and pave the way to the violin sonatas of the late 18th century.
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