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The Cello Suites: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece

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"The ironies of artistic genius and public taste are subtly explored in this winding, entertaining tale of a musical masterpiece. Music critic Siblin parallels short, fluent biographies of composer Johann Sebastian Bach, whose six suites for solo cello were long disparaged as minor student exercises, and cello virtuoso Pablo Casals, whose landmark recording of the pieces catapulted them into the classical canon. Their lives are a study in contrasts: Bach is an obscure workaday musician who feels wasted 'being merely the cantor of a Lutheran boarding school'; Casals, a musical superstar and anti-Fascist exile, is a romantic hero. Siblin intertwines his own story of trying to engage with the suites. He takes cello lessons, savors a rich variety of performances, including one on the marimbas, and embarks on a search for Bach's long-lost manuscript to discover clues to the enigmatic score. (Scholars aren't even certain the suites were written for cello.) Siblin is an insightful writer with an ability to convey the sound and emotional impact of music in words." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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ISBN:
9780802119292
Author:
Siblin, Eric
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Ballet
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Classical
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Classical
Subject:
Dance-Ballet
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Edition Description:
Hardcover, Deckle Edge
Publication Date:
20091231
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HARDCOVER
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
336
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8.25 x 5.5 in 14.5 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The ironies of artistic genius and public taste are subtly explored in this winding, entertaining tale of a musical masterpiece. Music critic Siblin parallels short, fluent biographies of composer Johann Sebastian Bach, whose six suites for solo cello were long disparaged as minor student exercises, and cello virtuoso Pablo Casals, whose landmark recording of the pieces catapulted them into the classical canon. Their lives are a study in contrasts: Bach is an obscure workaday musician who feels wasted 'being merely the cantor of a Lutheran boarding school'; Casals, a musical superstar and anti-Fascist exile, is a romantic hero. Siblin intertwines his own story of trying to engage with the suites. He takes cello lessons, savors a rich variety of performances, including one on the marimbas, and embarks on a search for Bach's long-lost manuscript to discover clues to the enigmatic score. (Scholars aren't even certain the suites were written for cello.) Siblin is an insightful writer with an ability to convey the sound and emotional impact of music in words." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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