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Help us celebrate the birthday of the composer whom Mozart called “the father of us all.”
Help us celebrate the birthday of the composer whom Mozart called “the father of us all.”
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Get on the birthday bandwagon! After celebrating Frederick the Great’s 300th birthday in 2012, Musical Offering now looks ahead to C.P.E. Bach’s tercentenary in 2014. We are pleased to announce our debut album, which we will record in January 2013 and release in the Spring.

The album will feature C.P.E. Bach’s too-little remembered piano quartets (Wq 93–95). These works for fortepiano, flute, and viola were Bach’s last works, written in the year of his death in 1788. They represent the pinnacle of his chamber music output; in the broader picture, they bridge the gap between the Baroque trio sonata and the Classic piano trio. Each quartet is a masterpiece. As the sorbet between quartet courses we will offer the famous “Hamburger” Flute Sonata in G (Wq 133) and the devilishly virtuosic Violin Sonata in B-flat (Wq 77).

Your contribution will help offset the costs of recording (studio rental, recording engineer, instrument cartage, and tuning) and production (insert design, CD duplication, and printing).  We hope to raise half of our $5000 total budget through this Kickstarter campaign and the other half through direct contributions.  We hope that this affords you, our supporters, the flexibility to contribute in the manner you prefer.  Musical Offering is a non-profit, tax-exempt enterprise so your contributions are tax-deductible. Contact us for more info (info@musical-offering.org).

(Andrea LeBlanc, traverso, is heard on the project video with Matthew Hall, fortepiano and Sarah Darling, viola.)

Risks and challenges

We are launching this Kickstarter campaign only after careful budgeting and scheduling. We have coordinated with the Packard Humanities Institute to receive advance copies of the performing parts, and have begun rehearsals. We have booked the studio and the engineer, and have carefully distributed the repertoire across the sessions. We have drafted the liner notes and begun the graphic design.

We've done our best to mitigate risks, and we are confident that with funding we can keep to budget and to schedule—and achieve a great artistic product—through the recording sessions. Our biggest unknown at this time is how quickly we can bring the raw sessions through post-production to a release. We are projecting a release date sometime in late March 2013, but until we have actually done the recordings, this remains a potential source of risk.

Our rehearsal and recording schedules are ample, so we expect our post-production process will go smoothly. With this in mind, we don't expect any substantial delays.

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