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Bach Perspectives, Volume 11J. S. Bach and His Sons$
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Mary Oleskiewicz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041488

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041488.001.0001

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Father and Sons

Father and Sons

Confronting a Uniquely Daunting Paternal Legacy

(p.1) Father and Sons
Bach Perspectives, Volume 11

Robert L. Marshall

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores the nature of the filial and sibling relationships that prevailed between and among J. S. Bach and his five musical sons: Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel, Johann Gottfried Bernhard, Johann Christoph Friedrich, and Johann Christian. By examining the often unflattering explicit (and implicit) testimony contained in the surviving epistolary and musical sources, the author seeks to understand how these uniquely privileged, and uniquely challenged, musicians came to terms with their paternal legacy and to determine how, and with what degree of success, they sought to emerge from their father’s artistic shadow.

Keywords:   artistic development, biography, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Christian Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Johann Gottfried Bernhard Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, sibling rivalry, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

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