I had the pleasure of performing the C.P.E. Bach Sonata in G Major for flute and continuo recently. Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach (1714-1788) is probably the best known of the musical sons of J.S. Bach. His middle name was given in honor of his godfather, George Philipp Telemann.
This sonata is nicknamed the “Hamburger” since it was composed when Emmanuel was working in Hamburg as successor to his godfather as director of music there. A fairly late work in Emmanuel’s life, like his late keyboard sonatas, it consists of only two movements, Allegretto and Rondo: Presto, linked with a short bridge passage. The expressive, virtuosic flute part is at a high range, perhaps suggesting the florid style to come in the next century.
Despite the new compositional techniques that Emmanuel was introducing, an audience member approached me following my performance and proclaimed that this sonata, in his opinion, had Johann Sebastian Bach written all over it!