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Bach at Leipzig

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Leipzig, Germany, 1722: Johann Kuhnau, revered organist of the Thomaskirche, suddenly dies, leaving his post vacant. In order to fill the position, the city council invites a small number of musicians to audition for the appointment, including Johann Sebastian Bach. This, however, is not his story. Based on actual events, Bach at Leipzig imagines with uncommon intelligence
Paperback, 106 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Jack Hrkach
Dec 11, 2015 Jack Hrkach rated it it was ok
Shelves: theatre, plays, music
I'm sure there are many people who love this play, but, while Moses is obviously very smart, that's the dominant feeling I had as I read through this play. That and that repetitious jokes grow old, that the play is contrived, pretentious and left me cold.

There are audiences, in certain parts of the US more than in others, that pride themselves on their intelligence. It's to this audience that Moses was writing (intended or not) and I could hear the smug laughter of that audience throughout the
Jan 05, 2009 Liss rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays
Masterful is the word that comes to mind as I consider what to write about this comedic play. My only complaint comes from the performer in me. There are no parts for women. However being an audience member is no sad aspect. The plot is simple enough, the organist at Leipzig has died and other organists across Germany have come to audition for the post. What Itamar Moses does within that framework is a delight to behold. The play is full of witticisms both in form-it imitates a fugue-and in text ...more
Aaron Novak
Sep 26, 2014 Aaron Novak rated it really liked it
"Don't while away your worth worrying if you're worthwhile"
Aug 12, 2008 Nick rated it really liked it
This is a very witty play based on a real event -- when a processional of organists auditions to replace the formidable composer Kuhnau at Leipzig -- only to be upstaged by Bach, who shows them a thing or two about music. Moses plays it mostly for laughs -- all the composers are either Georg or Johann, that sort of thing -- and are constantly forming conspiracies of 2 and 3 people in order to squeeze the others out -- and so it never rises to the level of deeply interesting social commentary, bu ...more
Oct 25, 2012 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This play bombed in New York and elsewhere, but I read it anyway. This is a play just a tad hung on an actual happening. It is in fact Bach less. Unfortunately for me I found it's humour obvious and repeated too many times. Sorry to all who rated it highly, perhaps it's just me.
Aug 16, 2008 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drama
I just saw this performed at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. It was so funny! The author's afterword contains one of the best lines. If you live anywhere near Santa Cruz you should consider seeing this play. Go to the Shakespeare Santa Cruz web site.
Feb 13, 2016 Joe rated it it was ok
Hmmm...really would have liked to give this 2.5.
Jan 29, 2008 Catherine rated it it was amazing
Stoppardian comedy meets 17th century musicology. Of course, best experienced in live theatre as the fugue is a central character.
Jan 23, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it
Saw this at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. This is a funny play, made funnier by the fab acting and staging by the folks at SSC.
Apr 08, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, witty - one of my favorite historical fiction dramas.
Jan 28, 2009 Matt rated it really liked it
Hilarious and brilliant. Want to be in it someday
Mar 23, 2015 Kyle rated it really liked it
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