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Birthday children 1714

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Sinfonia G-major Wq 183,4
Sinfonia F-major Wq 183,3

Gottfried August Homilius
Concert for harpsichord F-major

Christoph Willibald Gluck
Ballett music and arias from the opera "Alceste"

Niccolò Jommelli
Ciaccona per orchestra Eb-major
arias from "Fetonte" and "L'Olimpiade"
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The year 2014 provokes to take four composers, all born in 1714, into special concideration. However, each one of them took a different path through the 18th century. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Gottfried August Homilius, Christoph Willibald Gluck and Niccolò Jommelli. Even though Carl Philipp and Homilius shared the same instructor, they went into completely different musical directions. The second Bach son spends three decades as chamber harpsichordist for the crown prince and future king of Prussia, later he becomes the musical director in Hamburg; he was known for being a very skilled harpsichordist and educationist (Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen). Homilius puts all his effort in his post as cantor at the Kreuzkirche in Dresden and mainly writes spiritual music. The composers Gluck and Jommelli represent two sides in an upcoming conflict about a conservative or progressive reformation of the opera seria. Nonetheless both shared the goal to make the opera more expressive.


Christine Schornsheim (harpsichord)
Anna Bonitatibus (mezzosoprano)
Gottfried von der Goltz (conduction)


Instrumental music
Orchestra music
Music for keyboard instruments solo (harpsichord/piano/organ)
Vocal music