Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732-1795) was Bach’s fifth surviving son, known as the ‘Bückeburg Bach’. He worked under Count Wilhelm von Schaumburg-Lippe with whom he enjoyed friendly relations, travelling together to London in 1778 to visit his brother, Johann Christian. JCF’s son, Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst, was the last surviving Bach from the old line and he died in 1845 ‘without issue’. (He was described by Schumann as ‘a very agile old gentleman of 84 years with snow-white hair and expressive features’).
At court, Count Wilhelm evidently enjoyed Italian taste, obligingly delivered by Johann Christoph. No lesser stylistic versatility is evident in this garrulous and accomplished Rondo Allegretto (originally from a sonata for cello and piano and largely unchanged here), where JCF adapts deftly to English taste – he even bought an English piano – in an elegant work of Georgian charm which encourages a flighty exchange between trumpet and keyboard. Characterful articulation is the order of the day here.
- Trumpet in C
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