March 8 – Flute Sonata in A Minor: III. Allegro by CPE Bach

Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach was born on this day in 1714. Like his father, J.S. Bach, he was successful as a composer and keyboard player, holding posts as a court musician for Frederick the Great of Prussia and as Kapellmeister for the city of Hamburg. His music serves as a bridge between the Baroque and Classical periods, and is an example of the German empfindsamer stil, which was characterized by chromaticism, an improvisatory style, and sudden changes in character. Bach wrote his Sonata in A Minor for flute solo in 1747. It is one of few existing works for unaccompanied flute from this period. Performed by Jenny Davis who is a current DMA student at USC.

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