In 2014, it will be precisely 300 years since the birth of two important 18th-century composers: Gottfried August Homilius (born 2nd February 1714 in Rosenthal, died 2nd June 1785 in Dresden) and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (born 8th
March 1714 in Weimar, died 14th December 1788 in Hamburg). Their careers are intertwined and they both have strong connections with Dresden.
Homilius spent his childhood in the village of Porschendorf near Lohmen in Saxony where his father Gottfried Abraham Homilius became parish priest in the summer of 1714. Gottfried senior died relatively young, and to make matters worse, the family home was later lost in a fire. Homilius subsequently attended the Annenschule in Dresden where his uncle was headmaster. In 1735, he went to the University of Leipzig to study Law. However, it is unlikely that his path crossed that of his contemporary, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, at this stage. Carl Philipp Emanuel, the son of Johann Sebastian Bach, had moved with his family to Leipzig in 1723 and had already left the city in 1734 to study in Frankfurt an der Oder.
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