Bach

Bach

Music in the Castle of Heaven

eBook - 2013
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"An unprecedented book about one of the greatest of all composers, by his greatest modern interpreter. Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most famously unfathomable composers in the history of music. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who (when we can discern his personality at all) seems so ordinary, so opaque--and occasionally so intemperate? John Eliot Gardiner grew up passing one of the only two authentic portraits of Bach every morning and evening on the stairs of his parents' house, where it hung for safety during the Second World War. He has been studying and performing Bach ever since, and is now regarded as one of the composer's greatest living interpreters. The fruits of this lifetime's immersion are now distilled in this remarkable book, which explains in wonderful detail how Bach worked, how his music is constructed, how it achieves its effects--and what it can tell us about Bach the man. It is grounded in all the most recent Bach scholarship but moves far beyond it, and takes us as deeply into Bach's works and mind as perhaps words can. This is a unique book about one of the greatest of all creative artists"--
"From one of Bach's greatest living interpreters: a landmark study which explains in wonderful detail how the composer worked, how his music is constructed, how it achieves its effects--and what it can tell us about Bach the man. Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most famously unfathomable composers in the history of music. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who (when we can discern his personality at all) seems so ordinary, so opaque--and occasionally so intemperate? John Eliot Gardiner has been studying and performing Bach ever since, and the fruits of this lifetime's immersion are now distilled in this remarkable book. It is grounded in all the most recent Bach scholarship but moves far beyond it as well, taking us as deeply into Bach's works and mind as perhaps words can. This is an unparalleled book about one of the greatest of all creative artists"--
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
ISBN: 9780385351980
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Dec 11, 2016

A superb book detailing the life of perhaps the most brilliant and monumental musician to have ever been born. Not only does Gardiner explore the ingenious inner-workings of Bach's compositional techniques and music making, but he too offers us glimpses into the life of the man himself, independent of any exalted notions we may have garnered from the sheer genius of his music. Gardiner posits some interesting hypotheses concerning the early experiences in Bach's life which may have had strong impacts on his music to be composed later in his life--from his obsession with Luther's teachings, notions of German identity and philosophy, and the unfathomable losses of children, parents, and a wife. This book does an amazing job of unraveling the many misconceptions we may hold for someone such as Bach, firmly planting us in the 17th-century world that Bach would have lived and died in.

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