This volume of essays brings together the best of recent scholarship on Johann Christian Bach, the youngest son of J.S. Bach and a friend and mentor of Mozart. J.C. Bach had a cosmopolitan career, beginning in Berlin as a pupil of his half-brother, C.P.E. Bach, then a sojourn to Italy where he studied with Padre Martini in Bologna; after making his successful debut with operas for Turin and Naples he moved to London, where he became a leading composer and impresario. The articles selected for this volume represent the principal themes of scholarly research and writing over the past fifty years. The introduction provides a survey of J.C. Bach’s career and an overview of recent literature. The collection includes English translations of two articles first published in German in the Bach-Jahrbuch, as well as one article published as recently as 2015. An appendix lists the complete contents of The Collected Works of Johann Christian Bach, using the Warburton catalogue numbers.
Contents: Introduction. Part I Biographical: Christian Bach in London, Daniel Heartz; When did the youngest Bach son behin his ‘Italian journey’?, Hans-Joachim Schulze; J.C. Bach, G.B. Sammartini, and Padre Martini: a Concorso in Milan in 1762, Howard Brofsky; The Davies sisters, J.C. Bach and the glass harmonica, Betty Matthews; The ‘Paris’ Bach, Stephen Roe; J.C. Bach goes to law, John Small; J.C. Bach and ‘new music, at a more reasonable expence’, Stephen Roe; Abel, Christian Bach, and Gainsborough, Daniel Heartz. Part II Instrumental Music: Johann Christian Bach and the early classical Italian masters, Daniel E. Freeman; J.C. Bach and the early piano in London, Richard Maunder; The wind music of J.C. Bach, Stanley Sadie; Johann Christian Bach, Adena Portowitz; J.C. Bach’s symphonies and the Breitkopf thematic catalogue, Niels Krabbe; ‘For instruments not intended’: the second J.C. Bach lawsuit, Ann van Allen-Russell; Johann Christian Bach and the church symphony, Jen-yen Chen; Johann Christian Bach (1735-82), Jane R. Stevens; Social and musical matters pertaining to J.C. Bach’s third set of keyboard concertos, Bryan Gillingham. Part III Vocal Music: The newly rediscovered autograph manuscripts of Johann Christian Bach’s Milan sacred music at the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg (ND VI 540, Vols. 1-4), Stephen Roe; J.C. Bach’s Gioas, re di Giuda: a meeting of metastasian and Handelian tradition, Kenneth Nott; J.C. Bach’s operas, Ernest Warburton; The misadventures of Artaserse (Turin, 1760): J.C. Bach’s first Italian opera from production to performance, Margaret R. Butler; Mozart and his elders: opera-seria arias, 1766-1775, Martha Feldman; Die Vertonungen der Arie ‘Non sò d’onde viene’, von J. Chr. Bach und von W.A. Mozart, Stefan Kunze; Introduction to Johann Christian Bach: Favourite Songs Sung at Vauxhall Gardens, Stephen Roe; Lucio Silla, by Mozart and J.C. Bach, Ernest Warburton; The case of J.C. Bach’s Lucio Silla, Paul Corneilson; J.C. Bach’s La clemenza di Scipione, Ernest Warburton; The application of the sonata principle to structure in La clemenza di Scipione by J.C. Bach, Virginia Palmer. Name index.