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Bach (Life & Times) (Life&Times) [Paperback]

By Martin Geck, Anthea Bell (Translator) & John Butt (Introduction by)
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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.

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 4.75" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   Haus Publishing
ISBN  1904341160  
ISBN13  9781904341161  

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More About Martin Geck, Anthea Bell & John Butt

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Martin Geck is professor of musicology at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. His other books include Johann Sebastian Bach: Life and Work and Robert Schumann The Life and Work of a Romantic Composer, the latter also published by the University of Chicago Press. Stewart Spencer is an independent scholar and the translator of more than three dozen books.

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THE book on Bach, a comprehensive legacy  Dec 30, 2006
This is a substantial hot new release that is an important addition to any library of music teachers, historians, or musicians and also makes a good gift for music lovers. In my search for suitable gifts for assorted clients, this is a five star What's New find.

BACH (Life & Times) is a comprehensive book that has been thoroughly researched by Martin Geck, who is the author of numerous works on classical music. Geck, a professor of musicology at the University of Dortmund in Germany, focuses on the exceptional work that came from one of the most important and compelling people in the history of classical music.

Geck explores Bach's humble beginnings. He was born from three generations of musicians and was a self-taught court musician. From working as an organ-tuner, he rose to a job as Kapellmeister and cantor of St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig.

This book also provides careful analyzsis to Bach's innovations in harmony and counterpoint, which the author skillfully places in the context of European musical and social history.

It's stimulating reading, livened with discussions such as whether talent is inherited in a gene, or acquired. Geck keeps the musical, biographic and historic accuracy refreshing and enjoyable. It's is an important definitive work worthy of representing Bach's life work in all its splendor.

Two hundred and fifty years after the composer's death, his talent endures balancing math and melody, this is the book to preserve and pass it on.

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