Going His Own Way – Stations in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Life
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was born on 8. March in 1714 in Weimar. His father, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), was court bandmaster, and already famous. His mother, Maria Barbara (1684–1720), was daughter to the Arnstadt cantor Johann Michael Bach, and was probably a singer. The child’s baptism was attended by Adam Immanuel Weldig, Catharina Dorothea Altmann and the Eisenach bandmaster Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767).
The two musician’s families Bach and Telemann were thus closely interconnected a generation before Carl Philipp Emanuel, which would be of significance in his later life. See the genealogical tree of the Bach family.