Music in the Castle of Heaven

Book - 2013
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"From one of Bach's greatest living interpreters, a landmark study which explains in ... 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9780375415296
Characteristics: xxxiv, 628 pages, 24 unnumbered pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 25 cm


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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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