The Empfindsamer Stil (literally sensitive style) is a style of musical composition developed in 18th century Germany, intended to express "true and natural" feelings, and featuring sudden contrasts of mood. It was developed as a contrast to the Baroque Affektenlehre (lit. The Doctrine of Affections), in which a composition (or movement) would have the same affect, or emotion, throughout.
Composers in this style include:
- Gottfried August Homilius
- Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, the eldest son of J.S. Bach
- C.P.E. Bach, the second eldest son of J.S. Bach
- Johann Joachim Quantz
- Carlos Seixas
- P.H. Lang, Music in Western Civilization (1941), pp. 585ff.
- W.S. Newman, The Sonata in the Classic Era (1963)
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