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Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784)

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach was the eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach. He was a gifted organist and composer, and is considered one of the most important figures of the late Baroque period.


Friedemann was born in Weimar, Germany, on November 22, 1710. He received his early musical training from his father, and later studied at the University of Leipzig. In 1733, he was appointed organist at the Church of St. Sophia in Dresden. He held this position for 13 years, during which time he composed a large number of organ works, including concertos, fugues, and preludes.

In 1746, Friedemann left Dresden and moved to Berlin. He found it difficult to find steady employment in Berlin, and his financial situation became increasingly precarious. He died in poverty on July 1, 1784.

Friedemann's music is characterized by its boldness and originality. He was one of the first composers to break away from the strict contrapuntal style of his father, and his works are often more expressive and emotional. He was also an important influence on the development of the Classical style.

Some of Friedemann's most famous works include:

  • The Organ Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596
  • The Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542
  • The Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 545
  • The Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903

Friedemann Bach was a brilliant composer who made significant contributions to the development of Western music. His music is still performed and enjoyed by audiences today.

    Bach-Wilhelm-Friedemann (1710-1784)      
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