Synopsis: Johann Sebastian Bach is generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. He enriched his generation, and every generation since, with his prolific ability to survey and bring together the principal musical styles, forms, and national traditions. Himself a Lutheran, he left a corpus of sacred music to cover the entire liturgical year, including Latin Masses written for the Catholic Court of Dresden, and spent much of his working life as a church music director in Germany. Though he was a highly respected organist during his lifetime, he wasn’t recognized as a great composer until the early nineteenth century. Today he is considered one of the most influential ever.
My thoughts: This is an eye-opening book, for someone who isn't familiar with JS Bach. It doesn't go into much detail about his life, and keeps the reading time short. However, the book makes lots of references to previous biographies, and also delves into musical terminology a lot. This is a wonderful book for those who don't know much about the great composer.
*This book was provided free by Booksneeze (Thomas Nelson). I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.*
My rating: 4 stars
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