Fantasia in F-sharp minor, H.300 (Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel)




MP3 file (audio)
Lekro (2014/10/17)

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Lekro (2014/10/17)

Performer Pages Joan Benson (clavichord)
Publisher Info. Pandora Records/Al Goldstein Archive
Misc. Notes Source, alternative formats, and notes:
From a transcription of a clavichord record by Joan Benson (Bridge S 2250) on Pandora Records. It was a "recommended recording of the year" (1973) by the Saturday Review. Ogg Vorbis files can be found here.

The clavichord, popular from the 15th to 18th century, is the simplest and quietest of all the keyboard instruments. It is for personal use and not for concerts. To approximate its true sound your playback level must be very low. While rock music resides in the upper injurious levels of human hearing, the clavichord occupies the lowest levels. The instrument however has a wide dynamic range; its lowest levels are barely perceptible, while the upper levels can reach an audience in a small room who are intently listening.

This recording is on clavichords by Thomas Goff of England and Jacobus Verwolf of the Netherlands.
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Sheet Music


PDF scanned by D-B
Fynnjamin (2018/3/14)

Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, 1787
Misc. Notes D-B Bach P 359
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PDF typeset by editor
Namioto119 (2013/6/1)

Editor Liam Hynes
Publisher. Info. Liam Hynes
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

For Violin and Piano (Composer)

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Schalltrichter (2016/4/24)

Editor Arnold Schering (1877-1941)
Publisher. Info. Perlen Alter Kammermusik
Leipzig: C.F. Kahnt, 1938. Plate C.F.K. 9109.
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General Information

Work Title Freie Fantasie fis-moll
Alternative. Title C.P.E. Bachs Empfindungen
Composer Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. H.300 ; Wq.67
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ICB 34
Key F-sharp minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 movement
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1787
First Publication. 1938 in arrangement for violin and piano

1950 arr. for piano

Average DurationAvg. Duration 11-12 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Classical
Piece Style Classical
Instrumentation keyboard

Misc. Comments

The earliest publication in solo keyboard form seems to be in 1950 (arranged for piano; first publication in a typeset edition for clavichord/harpsichord is more recent still), but before that there is the 1938 violin/piano arrangement above (assuming this is the same work- compare?). In 1905 Wotquenne (p.25) lists it as still being in manuscript.