Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven Hardcover – Oct 29 2013
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Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven
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First off, let me say, it is indeed a long read, being over 500 pages, yet it is a fascinating read. The research that must have been needed to be done, paired with an eloquent writing style and splashes of humour made the book one where you want to read every page thoroughly, and are always curious as to what is next.
I think this is a wonderful book for anyone who likes biographies, as well as for anyone with a passion for classical music.
Should you buy? yes.
Gardiner is a leader in the recent trend (since the '70s) in musical exploration which attempts to play the music of a particular composer or era (for Bach, the Baroque) in the way its original hearers would have experienced it. As such, performances will be played on period instruments (ie. gut strings rather than steel, instruments crafted using original techniques rather than modern, etc.) and played in the way they likely would have been originally played (ie. in churches rather than concert halls, unamplified, and often at a much quicker pace than modern sensibilities usually gravitate toward). Gardiner's "insider" perspective on Bach's music as interpreted through Bach's life and religious convictions as well as through having stood in Bach's place as conductor throughout a full church calendar cycle is really what makes this book special.
Gardiner is at his best as an author when he is at his best as a conductor.Read more ›
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This is a detailed account of Bach’s life and work, seen in the context of time and place, and of his sometimes chaotic and too often humdrum life as a poorly paid schoolmaster or... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dr. Keith Jones
Gardiner's "biography" is in some ways extremely comprehensive, and in other ways not so much. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Granite in a stream