Biography of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784)

Born in Weimar, eldest son of Johann Sebastian
Piano, organ and composition lessons from the father, violin lessons from J. C. Graun.
Organist at the Sophien church in Dresden brings lot of free time for composition and mathematical studies
Move to Halle/Saale. Organist of the church St. Marien and conductor of the towns orchestra
Frustration about the missing success of his compositions and virtuosity lead to him becoming an alcoholic
Oldest son of Bach and most estimated for his musical talents by the father
Dies impoverished in Berlin

Sheet music for flute:

1. Triosonate (D-Dur)
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(2 flutes, piano basso continuo)
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  1. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Largo
Wilhelm Friedemann is always demanding especially regarding rhythm
Sechs Duette - Heft 1
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(2 flutes)
Rating: difficult
  1. Duett I e-moll
  2. Duett II G-Dur
  3. Duett III Es-Dur
Rhythmically demanding, thus it is perfect to have it in score.
Sechs Duette - Heft II
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(2 flutes)
Rating: difficult
  1. Duett IV F-Dur
  2. Duett V Es-Dur
  3. Duett VI f-moll
I think those six duet belong to the best ever written for this instrumentation.
Trio No. 3 - (unfinished) (a-moll)
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(2 flutes, cello ad. Lib., piano basso continuo)
Rating: difficult
  1. Allegro
  2. Larghetto
Piano part in very small notes because it is at the same time the score including the cello part. The really unfinished Larghetto is only one line. Thus it is only one movement.

Literature von/über Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

Last edit 24.10.2012