Hamburg celebrates Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Posted: March 4, 2014 in Music
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North German Radio and the city of Hamburg have been good friends to all of the Bachs, but they’re especially cozy with C. P. E. this year as his milestone birthday anniversary approaches.

Hamburg celebrates Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Hamburg commemorates one of its most important composers:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.  In the 18th Century he was more popular than his father, Johann Sebastian.  Bach worked for 20 years as Municipal Music Director and Cantor at the Johanneum–his tomb is located in the crypt of St. Michael’s.

Hamburg is celebrating the anniversary with 30 concerts, as well as lectures, exhibitions, church cantata services and a Senate reception.  On March 8th, the Bach-Birthday, Cultural Senator Barbara Kisseler hosts a grand birthday concert, organized by the Senate, at St. Michael’s.  The Symphony in B Minor, along with other works, will be performed there beginning at 6:00 P.M.  Admission is free.  Birthday festivities begin at 8:15 P.M. in St. James’ Church.

Symbol for the Musical City of Hamburg

Hamburg, together with other German cities, has put together a large homepage about the composer.  Later, the Carl Toepfer Institute wants to open a Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Museum on Peterstraße.  Barbara Kisseler is certain:  “At the end of the year, we’ll have a rather large C. P. E. Bach Fan Club.”  For the Cultural Senator, the Hamburg Bach is a good symbol for the musical city of Hamburg.


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