Canal March

C. P. E. Bach and the sensitive style (III)

La Guirlande. Luis Martinez Puey, flute, Ester Domingo, cello, and Alfonso Sebastián, harpsichord

Works by C. P. E. Bach and J. J. Quantz

Frederick the Great’s efforts to make Berlin a cultural capital led him to surround himself with a careful selection of musicians and composers. Among those most valued by the King was the aesthetically conservative Johann Joachim Quantz, who was also his flute teacher. In contrast, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach devoted a privileged role to expressiveness, following the Horatian maxim: “if you want me to cry, you must first cry yourself.”

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