Germany is marking the tricentennial of the birth of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, a piano virtuoso and composer who was overshadowed by his famous father, Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Berliner Barock Solisten recently released "C.P.E. Bach: Concertos & Symphonies" to mark the 300th anniversary of the Classical composer's birth.

C.P.E. Bach, the son of J.S. Bach and Maria Barbara Bach, was born on March 8, 1714, in Weimar.

C.P.E. Bach was almost predestined to follow in the footsteps of his legendary father, but critics and the public have never recognized him as one of the world's greatest composers.

This view is unfair to a musician who renovated composition and the art of the piano, winning the respect of contemporaries like Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

"He is the father, we are the children," Mozart reportedly often said of C.P.E. Bach.

More than 200 events are planned across Germany to celebrate the tricentennial of the composer's birth.

The German-Polish Music Festival, which opened last week and ends on Sunday, is performing works to honor the composer's legacy in Frankfurt (Oder).

The State Library, or Staatsbibliothek, in Berlin inaugurated an exhibition on Wednesday titled "Essay on the Authentic Art of Playing the Piano" that looks at C.P.E. Bach's 30 years as a composer and conductor in the court of Frederick the Great.

Events are planned throughout the rest of this year in the cities most identified with C.P.E. Bach's work, such as Berlin, Hamburg, Potsdam, Frankfurt (Oder), Leipzig and his birthplace of Weimar.

C.P.E. Bach worked as the music director of five churches in the port city of Hamburg from 1768 until his death on Dec. 14, 1788. EFE