Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1727 Müller organ at Jacobijnerkerk, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
1829 Lohman organ at the Hervormde Kerk, Farmsum, The Netherlands
1991 Ahrend organ at the Basilica of San Simpliciano, Milan, Italy
1982 Oberlinger organ at Marktkirche [Market Church], Wiesbaden, Germany
What a challenge it must have been, growing up in the household of the world’s foremost organist, and knowing Dad expected you to follow in his footsteps. On our next Pipedreams broadcast, we’ll listen to the music of four of Johann Sebastian Bach’s most gifted offspring, each of them rising to the challenge with capability and individuality. From Wilhelm Friedemann’s quirky fugues to Carl Phillip Emmanuel’s Sonatas, the chamber music of Johann Christoph Friedrich, and the concertos of trail-blazer Johann Christian, you’ll be amazed at the craftsmanship so skillfully displayed by this most unique family.
Like father like son? Well, almost, as you’ll discover when we compare the various musics of the four most talented Bach children with the example of their father. He set an incredible standard, which each boy worked hard to achieve in music Baroque and Beyond. It’s Sebastian and Sons, this week on Pipedreams.
•March 3, 1997 as Show #9709
•August 27, 2001 as Show #0135
W.F. BACH: 3 Chorale-preludes, F.38: Number 2, Christe, der du bist; Number 6, Wir Christenleut; Number 5, Wir danken dir; Fugue in g, F.37 –Wolfgang Baumgratz (1798 Holzhay/Neresheim Abbey, Germany) Christophorus CHR 77109
Though the young fellows did accomplish some remarkable things with their lives, there’s no question that it’s their father’s organ music which reigns supreme.