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Johann Sebastian Bach: An Essential Guide to His Life and Works
Written with enthusiasm and accessible prose , the Classic fM Lifelines series will become the Everyman o f musical biographies. Titles for the series have been chose n from the Classic fM''s own listener surveys of most popular composers. '
Paperback, 108 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Pavilion Books
(first published October 1st 1994)
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Nice introductory guide to the life and works of the great Johann Sebastian Bach. You get 60 pages of biography (and I learned that the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor was a remarkably early work - written when Bach was 21 years old!), a 20 page list(!) of his compositions which shows shows how incredibly productive he was and a 15 page list of recommended recordings. This latter part shows its age now (the book was published 1997) and there have been some incredible recordings in recent ...more
This might sound odd, but Johann Sebastian Bach and the Beatles have a lot in common. Both were ambitious from the very beginning of their careers, almost to the point of arrogance (Bach also felt he deserved a place at "the toppermost of the poppermost"), both were very conscious of money to the point of greediness, and both engaged in some pretty unseemly actions to get to their positions of prominence (Bach certainly had some getting-rid-of-Pete-Best moments). And of course, both are famous ...more