Johann sebastian bach biography book

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Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography, this landmark book was revised in to include new knowledge discovered after its initial publication. Although we have heard the music of J. Bach in countless performances and recordings, the composer himself still comes across only as an enigmatic figure in a single familiar portrait. As we mark the th anniversary of Bach's death, author Christoph Wolff presents a new picture that brings to life this towering figure of the Baroque era. This engaging new biography portrays Bach as the living, breathing, and sometimes imperfect human being that he was, while bringing to bear all the advances of the last half-century of Bach scholarship.
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Well-Tempered Clavier (J.S. Bach), Book 1, Kimiko Ishizaka, piano

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Born in Eisenach, Germany in , to a family that already had significant music credentials, his use of counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation transformed the music of the 18th century and beyond. Though we may recognise Bach from his famous portrait, and be able to pick out one of his works from a few lines, we remain curious to know more about his life and influences. What led him to become one of the greatest composers in history? Our Bach small group tour is for lovers of music. We will return with a greater understanding, and even deeper appreciation, of Johann Sebastian Bach. If you are interested in Bach, you might like to explore the following reading list.

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The first major biographies of Johann Sebastian Bach , including those by Johann Nikolaus Forkel and Philipp Spitta , were published in the 19th century. Little was published about Bach's life in the 18th century, his "Nekrolog" obituary being the most extended biographical note about the composer's life. No writings by Johann Sebastian Bach were published during his lifetime. He declined Johann Mattheson 's invitation to write an autobiographical sketch for inclusion in the Ehrenpforte. There are however some letters by the composer in which he gives autobiographical detail, including the letter he wrote in to Georg Erdmann, and the letter he had joined to the score of his Missa in B minor for the Dresden court in Bach's "Nekrolog" was published in in the fourth volume of Mizler's Musikalische Bibliothek.

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