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Bach (Life & Times)by Martin Geck
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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was the father of modern music, a supreme craftsman able to bridge the gap between the music of the Renaissance and the glories of Mozart, Hayden, and Beethoven. Bach expert Martin Geck shows us Bach in his time, offering a portrait of the personal, political and social circumstances that shaped some of the greatest music ever written. It analyses Bach's musical achievement and considers why music such as the "Brandenburg Concertos" and the "St. Matthew Passion" continues to hold its appeal centuries later.
Translated by Anthea Bell, Introduced by John Butt Johann Sebastian Bach was the father of modern music, a supreme craftsman able to bridge the gap between the music of the Renaissance and the glories of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Martin Geck shows us Bach in his time, offering a rich portrait of the personal, political, and social circumstances that shaped some of the greatest music ever written. He also analyzes Bach's musical achievements and considers why works like the Brandenburg Concertos and St. Matthew Passion still appeal to us today. The Life & Times series tells the stories of those who have shaped our present and our past, from Beethoven to Curie, Dietrich to Wilde. Offering expert, eminently readable texts by distinguished authors, these handsomely designed books feature chronologies, full indices, and striking color photos and illustrations. Together, they form a superb modern library of biography.
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A rich portrait of the personal, political, and social circumstances that shaped the life of this musical genius
About the Author
Martin Geck is the founding editor of the collected works of Richard Wagner and has written several books on the great composers, including the critically acclaimed Bach: Life and Work (FSG). His biography of Ludwig van Beethoven was published in the Life&Times series in May 2003. Anthea Bell is a prize-winning translator of amongst others W G Sebald
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