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Washington Bach Consort
J. Reilly Lewis, Music Director

Revolution & Evolution: The Music of CPE Bach

Heilig, Wq 217
Sinfonia in D Major, Wq 183/1
Anbetung dem Erbarmer, Wq 243
Magnificat in D Major, Wq 215
National Presbyterian Church ·
Washington DC

This year we celebrate the birth of Bach’s most famous son, C.P.E. Bach (1714–1788), whose career dazzled the courts of Europe. Deeply idiosyncratic, his daring “sensitive style” of music bridged the baroque and classical period. His renown as a keyboard player and composer led Mozart to remark “He is the father, we are the children,” and he was also greatly admired by Haydn and Beethoven, and even Brahms, long after his music was out of fashion.

Founded in 1977 by J. Reilly Lewis, the Washington Bach Consort is a professional chorus and orchestra noted for its performances of 18th-Century music on period instruments. Its mission is to perform to the highest artistic standards the music of J.S. Bach and his Baroque contemporaries.


Washington Bach Consort
J. Reilly Lewis | Music Director

Emily Noël | soprano
Roger Isaacs | countertenor
Matthew Smith | tenor
Jon Bruno | bass


Instrumental music
Orchestra music