Bach J.C.

BACH Johann Christian (B-3)

05/09/1735, Leipzig, Germany – 01/01/1782, London, UK

German composer of the Classical era, the eighteenth child of Johann Sebastian Bach, and the youngest of his eleven sons. After 8 years in Italy, Bach moved to London in 1762, where he became known as "the London Bach". He is also sometimes known as "the English Bach", and during his time spent living in the British capital, he came to be known as John Bach. He is noted for influencing the concerto style of Mozart. After his father's death, he worked with his second-oldest half brother Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, who was twenty-one years his senior and considered at the time to be the most musically gifted of Bach's sons. J.C.Bach enjoyed a promising career, first as a composer then as a performer playing alongside Carl Friedrich Abel, the notable player of the viola da gamba. He composed cantatas, chamber music, keyboard and orchestral works, operas and symphonies.

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