Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) was Johann Sebastian’s second son and is generally described as the most important composer in the second half of the 18th century after Haydn and Mozart. Keyboard music runs thread-like through an output of over a thousand works.
The Sonata in G minor is one of a set composed around the time of his father’s death, and distributed only to close friends. Note the extreme techniques in the final movement: disorienting, obsessive and dislocated chromatic motifs, dramatic harmonic shifts and mood changes, rhetorical silence, sighs, interjections, deceptive cadences and quixotic fantasy. Our reading with trumpet provides additional bite in its redistribution of lines, accentuating the fickle dialogue which eventually darts off dismissively into the ether.
- Trumpet in C
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