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Jan 22, 2019

In Ep. 27, The Lives of Some Other Bachs, pt. 4 “Carl Philipp Emanuel and the Prussian Blues” we see Emanuel Bach suffer many more years in service to King Frederick the Great of Prussia, unable to find employment elsewhere. His perpetual good cheer served him well during these troubled years and he continued to compose and make a success of himself as before. Following the Third Silesian War from 1756-1763, Emanuel had enough of royal service and was determined to leave Berlin. He set his sights on Hamburg, where his godfather Georg Philipp Telemann was music director. Luckily, Emanuel would be Telemann’s successor, and took over his new post in 1768. He spent the rest of his life there and passed away in 1788 knowing that his life had been a success from beginning to end.

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Music heard in this episode:

1. B minor sonata, H. 245 beginning of mvt. 3 (played by me)

2. Solfegio in C minor, organ version - Dick Koomans

3. D major symphony H. 663 mvts. 1,2,3

4. Fantasia in F-sharp minor H. 300 - Joan Benson


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