16 December 2020 Father and Son, That Is the Evening of the Bachs

The music of father and son, Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, can be heard at the next Internet Concert on Friday, 18th of December at 7 p.m.

Nowadays the figure of Jan Sebastian Bach is often put first, later his sons: Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel (from the first marriage of Johann Sebastian with Maria Barbara), as well as Gottfried Heinrich, Johann Christoph Friedrich and Johann Christian (from the second marriage with Anna Magdalena).

It is worth bearing in mind, however, that for almost two hundred years the Bach family significantly contributed to the development of the history of music. The clan was so associated with this field of art, that in Thuringia, where the family members lived, every musician was called a “Bach”, no matter if he was related to this family or not.

Johann Sebastian became described as “the father of the great Bachs” when his sons left their home town for other European destinations, where they became famous. Their nicknames derived from the places where they lived for the longest time and worked the most intensively. That’s why Carl Philipp Emanuel is called the Berlin or the Hamburg Bach. His Symphony in F Major was written in Hamburg (in the years of 1775-76), where in 1768 he took up the position of cantor after his godfather, Georg Philipp Telemann.

Out of many piano concerts by Johann Sebastian his Concerto in D minor is one of the most popular among pianists. And though probably it is a transcription of an unknown work, the authors of the “Concert Guide” state that “both in the piano part and in the orchestra accompaniment, notably in the excellent counterpoint, one can see the mastership of Bach”.

We invite you for the evening of Bachs.


Martin STADTFELD piano
Ariel ZUCKERMANN conductor
Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra


  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), Symphony in F Major H.655, Wq 183/3
    Allegro di molto
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), Piano Concerto in D minor BWV 1052


Subsidy from the resources of COVID-19 Counteraction Fund