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The Cello Suites by Eric Siblin
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Jul 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction-read
Recommended to Jenny by: Dad

This is a neat look into a less well-known work of Bach, the six Cello Suites. Each chapter weaves in three strands: a look at Bach's life, the life of Pablo Casals (Catalonian cellist, first to record the work), and the author's journey to research the piece. It's an enjoyable look into a piece of music history.

--"Peter Wispelwey, the Dutch cellist whose rendition is wonderfully smooth and sneaky, says he plans to record the suites every seven years as a "barometer" of his playing." (p 117)

--"But a major problem facing "authentic" players is the unavailability of an authentic eighteenth-century audience. Listeners these days have all sorts of music and ideas in their heads that did not exist in Bach's time." (p 117)

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