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Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach

Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach

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By (author) John Eliot Gardiner

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 672 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 36mm | 520g
  • Publication date: 3 July 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141977590
  • ISBN 13: 9780141977591
  • Illustrations note: 24pp colour
  • Sales rank: 9,826

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Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who seems so ordinary, so opaque - and occasionally so intemperate? In this remarkable book, John Eliot Gardiner distills the fruits of a lifetime's immersion as one of Bach's greatest living interpreters. Explaining in wonderful detail how Bach worked and how his music achieves its effects, he also takes us as deeply into Bach's works and mind as perhaps words can. The result is a unique book about one of the greatest of all creative artists.

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner is one of the world's leading conductors, not only of Baroque music but across the whole repertoire. He founded the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, the Orchestre de l'Opera de Lyon, the English Baroque Soloists, and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. He conducts most of the world's great orchestras and in many of the leading opera houses. He lives and farms in Dorset.

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Gardiner has joined the select ranks of luminary musicians articulating their experience, with this long, sumptuously illustrated survey of Bach's life and times. The result is dazzling -- Iain Burnside Observer There could be no better-qualified guide to the mysteries behind Bach's music than the conductor who has breathed new life into its performance ... As an exploration of Bach's labyrinthine thought-processes, and as an analysis of his music's overwhelming power, this book will now be required reading ... for listeners and performers alike -- Michael Church Independent Gardiner weaves industrial-strength scholarship, musical analysis and performing insight into a highly readable narrative ... extraordinary -- Richard Morrison The Times