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London, United Kingdom
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C.P.E. Bach, the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach, became one of the most prolific and influential composers of the eighteenth century. His oeuvre encompassed virtually every musical genre of the time, except opera, and he wrote one of the most important and enduring music treatises on keyboard instruments. During his lifetime, he enjoyed a high reputation, and his music was widely distributed in print and in manuscript.
Naturally, there are numerous exhibitions to celebrate the 300th birthday of C.P.E. Bach all around the globe. Two of the most important ones had been mounted at Harvard University until recently. The Packard Humanities Institute—in cooperation with the Bach-Archiv Leipzig, the Sächsische Akademie zu Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, and Harvard University—is producing a critical edition, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works, projected to run to 115 volumes, with more than half that number now in print. The Institute’s Managing Editor, Paul Corneilson, will speak about the past exhibit at Harvard and give a behind the scenes look at creating this complete edition that will be the basis for performances and continued studies of C.P.E. Bach’s musical output for generations to come.