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WILHELM FRIEDEMANN BACH  

(1710 - 1784)

The eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann was born in 1710 in Weimar and was taught by his father, after 1723, when the family moved to Leipzig, becoming a pupil at the Thomasschule. He spent four years at the University of Leipzig, before finding employment as organist at the Sophienkirche in Dresden and subsequently, with unhappy results, at the Liebfrauenkirche in Halle. From 1764 until his death twenty years later he held no official position, although he had been widely recognised as one of the most distinguished organists of his time and had mastered very thoroughly the lessons taught him by his father. His own tendency to the freedom of thought of the Enlightenment had not endeared him to his Pietist superiors in Halle and independence of character rendered him gradually less employable, within the restrictive circumstances of his time.

Keyboard Music

W.F.Bach wrote a number of harpsichord sonatas, fantasias and shorter dance pieces. His contrapuntal command was shown in a series of fugues that also reflect something of his known distinction in organ improvisation. His Concerto for two harpsichords combines the Baroque and the newly developing classical style of his time.

Orchestral Music

Bach left a number of harpsichord concertos and sinfonias.

Chamber Music

Chamber music by W.F.Bach includes a set of flute duets and trio sonatas.

Church Music

The exigencies of his employment led Bach to the composition of a number of church cantatas.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ARTISTRY OF HANS FAGIUS (THE) BIS
BIS-CD-140-41
Instrumental
BACH FAMILY (MUSIC OF THE) Capriccio
C51117
Instrumental, Choral - Sacred, Chamber Music
BACH FAMILY (Sacred Music) Capriccio
C49432
Choral - Sacred
BACH FAMILY (Sacred Music) Capriccio
C7100
Choral - Sacred
BACH SONS (THE) – BACH, J.C.F. / BACH, W.F. / BACH, C.P.E. / BACH, J.C. (Music of the Bach Sons) (Concerto Koln) Capriccio
C10283
Orchestral
BACH, C.P.E. / BACH, W.F.: Sinfonias Naxos
8.553289
Orchestral
BACH, C.P.E.: Keyboard Concerto, Wq. 14 / BACH, W.F.: Harpsichord Concerto, Fk. 41 / BACH, J.C.: Harpsichord Concerto, W. C73 (Schornsheim) Capriccio
C10580
Concertos
BACH, C.P.E.: Sinfonia, Wq. 179 / BACH, J.S.: Suite (Overture) No. 5 / BACH, J.C.F.: Sinfonia, W. 1/3 (Music of Bach's Sons) (Labadie) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90239
Orchestral
BACH, W.F.: Cantatas - Fk. 80, 83, 85 and 89 (Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert, H. Max) Capriccio
C5083
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
BACH, W.F.: Cantatas (L'arpa festante, Otto) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-20103
Classical Concert
BACH, W.F.: Cantatas, Vol. 1 - Lasset uns ablegen / Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers (Max) Capriccio
C10425
Choral - Sacred
BACH, W.F.: Keyboard Works, Vol. 1 - 12 Polonaises / Sonata, Fk. 3 (Hill) Naxos
8.557966
Instrumental
BACH, W.F.: Keyboard Works, Vol. 2 - 8 Fugues, Fk. 31 / Fantasias (J. Brown) Naxos
8.570530
Instrumental
BACH, W.F.: Keyboard Works, Vol. 3 - Sonatas, Fk. 2, 4, 5, 9 / Suite, Fk. 24 (J. Brown) Naxos
8.572814
Instrumental
BACH, W.F.: Keyboard Works, Vol. 4 - Keyboard Sonatas, Fk. 1b, 3 and 202 / Concerto for 2 Harpsichords, Fk. 10 (J. Brown, Baird) Naxos
8.573027
Concertos, Instrumental
BACH, W.F.: Keyboard Works, Vol. 5 - Keyboard Sonatas, Fk. 6a, 7, 8, 200, 201 and 204 (J. Brown) Naxos
8.573177
Instrumental
BACH, W.F.: Organ Works (J. Brown) Naxos
8.570571
Instrumental
BAROQUE CHRISTMAS Capriccio
C5217
Choral - Sacred
CAPRICCIO 20 PRIZE-WINNING YEARS Capriccio
C14869
Concertos
Choral Music (Sacred) - BACH, J.S. / SCHUBERT, F. / ZELENKA, J.D. / SCHEIN, J.H. / HANDEL, G.F. / SCHUTZ, H. / BRUCKNER, A. / SCHUBERT, F. Capriccio
C49337
Choral - Sacred
Flute Music - MOZART, W.A. / BACH, W.F. / BLAVET, M. / TELEMANN, G.P. / DEVIENNE, F. (Magic Flutes) (Rampal, Arimany) Delos
DE3226
Instrumental
Flute Recital: Haupt, Eckart - QUANTZ, J.J. / BACH, W.F. / DE BOISMORTIER, J.B. / GOLDBERG, J.G. / HEINICHEN, J.D. (Hofische Barockmusik) Capriccio
C10471
Chamber Music
Keyboard Recital: Schornsheim, Christine - BACH, C.P.E. / BACH, W.F. / BACH, J.C. / KIRNBERGER, J.P. / MUTHEL, J.G. / NICHELMANN, C. Capriccio
C49541
Concertos
SAINT-SAENS, C.: Oboe Sonata in D Major / POULENC, F.: Oboe Sonata / BRITTEN, B.: 6 Metamorphoses after Ovid / SCHUMANN, R.: 3 Romanzen (Vogel) Delos
DE3235
Chamber Music




 
 
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