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.
Paul Corneilson has been managing editor of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works, published by The Packard Humanities Institute, since 1999. He received his doctorate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1992, and also worked on the New Grove Dictionary of Opera and Recent Researches in Music, A-R Editions. He has published extensively on singers in the late eighteenth century and has edited two operas by J.C. Bach for performance: Zanaida at the Bachfest in 2011, and Lucio Silla at the Mozartwoche in 2013. Daniel Heartz, Hans-Joachim Schulze, Howard Brofsky, Betty Matthews, Stephen Roe, John Small, Daniel E. Freeman, Richard Maunder, Stanley Sadie, Adena Portowitz, Niels Krabbe, Ann van Allen-Russell, Jen-yen Chen, Jane R. Stevens, Bryan Gillingham, Kenneth Nott, Ernest Warburton, Margaret R. Butler, Martha Feldman, Stefan Kunze, Paul Corneilson, Virginia Palmer.