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Bach : music in the castle of heaven

"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."--Publisher information
Print Book, English, 2013
First United States edition View all formats and editions
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2013
collective biographies
xxxiv, 628 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map, music ; 25 cm
9780375415296, 0375415297
Under the Cantor's gaze
Germany on the brink of enlightenment
The Bach gene
The class of '85
The mechanics of faith
The incorrigible cantor
Bach at his workbench
Cantatas or coffee?
Cycles and seasons
First Passion
His "Great Passion"
Collision and collusion
The habit of perfection
"Old Bach."