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Title: J. S. Bach: A Life in Music
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: New
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Peter Williams approaches afresh the life and music of arguably the most studied of all composers, interpreting both Bach's life by deconstructing his original obituary in the light of more recent information and his music by evaluating his priorities and irrepressible creative energy. How, even though belonging to musical families on both his parents' sides, did he come to possess so bewitching a sense of rhythm and melody and a mastery of harmony that established nothing less than a norm in Western culture? In considering that the works of a composer are his biography, the book's title A Life in Music means both a life spent making music and one revealed in the music as we know it. A distinguished scholar and performer, Williams re-examines Bach's life as an orphan and family man, as an extraordinarily gifted composer and player and as an ambitious artist who never suffered fools gladly.Book Description:
Peter Williams' fresh approach to the life of J. S. Bach explores the composer's life as an orphan and family man, extraordinarily gifted composer and player and as an energetic and ambitious artist, whose mastery of harmony established nothing less than a norm in Western culture.
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