Saturday Concerts

C. P. E. Bach and the sensitive style

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The term Empfindsamkeit [sensibility] refers to an aesthetic phenomenon developed in the middle of the eighteenth century in northern Europe that advocated the immediacy of the emotional response as a guide for appropriate moral behaviour. Signalling a departure from the Baroque period, the movement evolved around 1770 towards the Sturm und Drang in the literary scene, led by Goethe, and soon made an impact in the musical terrain. C. P. E. Bach was the greatest exponent of this trend, also known as the sensitive style, with its epicentre at the court of Frederick the Great of Prussia, together with other composers of the stature of W. F. Bach, Abel, Graun and Quantz.

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