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Johann Sebastian Bach
Mike Venezia
0516263528
September 1998
Paperback
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Card catalog description
A brief biography of the prolific eighteenth-century composer and organist who created some of the world's greatest instrumental and religious music. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


Glory and Honor
Gregory Wilbur
158182470X
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Johann Sebastian Bach was a musical genius, an intellectual giant, and a gracious man. His achievement in the area of music is one of the greatest tours de force in history—on a par with or surpassing that of Shakespeare, Michelangelo, Dante, Leonardo, Rembrandt, Milton, Aristotle, Augustine, or Aquinas. Even more compelling is the fact that Bach intentionally wrote all of his music from a Christian perspective and for the glory of God. Bach worked at a crucial time in history. He combated the ideas of the Enlightenment with its elevation of human reason as the ultimate authority of everything. His struggles, musically and professionally, are those of a man seeking to maintain a high view of worship, academics, and the grounding of all life on the Word of God. As a man valiant in his convictions, he stood...


Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter
0465026567
February 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Twenty years after it topped the bestseller charts, Douglas R. Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid is still something of a marvel. Besides being a profound and entertaining meditation on human thought and creativity, this book looks at the surprising points of contact between the music of Bach, the artwork of Escher, and the mathematics of Gödel. It also looks at the prospects for computers and artificial intelligence (AI) for mimicking human thought. For the general reader and the computer techie alike, this book still sets a standard for thinking about the future of computers and their relation to the way we think.

Hofstadter's great achievement in Gödel, Escher, Bach was making abstruse mathematical topics (like undecidability, recursion, and 'strange loops') accessible and...



Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician
Christoph Wolff
0393322564
September 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
The Learned Musician is an apt subtitle for this intellectual biography, which assesses the career of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) with the scholarly rigor one would expect from a Harvard professor. Opening with a 1737 attack by a critic who labeled Bach a pedant who spoiled the natural beauty of his creations with "an excess of art," Christoph Wolff cogently compares the German composer to English scientist Isaac Newton. Both men "brought about fundamental changes and established new principles" in their chosen fields, he argues; both sought to reveal God's harmonious ordering of their world. While Wolff conscientiously covers the basics of Bach's life, including his two marriages and the musical achievements of his gifted family, the author's primary focus is on his performing (Bach was an unrivaled organist) and...


Johann Sebastian Bach
Martin Geck
0151006482
Aug 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Two hundred and fifty years after his death, Johann Sebastian Bach remains one of the most compelling figures in the history of classical music. In this major study of the composer's life and work, Martin Geck follows the course of Bach's career in rich detail--from his humble beginnings as an organ tuner and self-taught court musician to his role as Kapellmeister and cantor of St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig. Geck explores Bach's relations with the German aristocracy, his position with regard to the Church and contemporary theological debates, his perfectionism, and his role as the devoted head of a large family.


Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment
James R. Gaines
0007156588
March 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
In his lively history, Evening in the Palace of Reason, James R. Gaines sets two remarkable--and remarkably different--historical figures on a collision course toward a single night in Potsdam in 1747: the composer Johann Sebastian Bach--"old Bach," as he was called then at the age of 62--and the still-young Prussian king, Frederick II, already known as Frederick the Great after less than a decade on the throne. Having long employed old Bach's son Carl--a more celebrated composer at the time--Frederick summoned the father from Leipzig and challenged him, with an offhanded cruelty, to a public compositional puzzle designed to humiliate the great wizard of the waning art of counterpoint.

Gaines is a pleasant guide through the incestuous patchwork monarchies of middle Europe, with a breezy tone fitting for a former editor...



Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment
James R. Gaines
0007156618
February 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
In his lively history, Evening in the Palace of Reason, James R. Gaines sets two remarkable--and remarkably different--historical figures on a collision course toward a single night in Potsdam in 1747: the composer Johann Sebastian Bach--"old Bach," as he was called then at the age of 62--and the still-young Prussian king, Frederick II, already known as Frederick the Great after less than a decade on the throne. Having long employed old Bach's son Carl--a more celebrated composer at the time--Frederick summoned the father from Leipzig and challenged him, with an offhanded cruelty, to a public compositional puzzle designed to humiliate the great wizard of the waning art of counterpoint.

Gaines is a pleasant guide through the incestuous patchwork monarchies of middle Europe, with a breezy tone fitting for a former editor...



The True Life of Johann Sebastian Bach
Klaus Eidam
0465018610
July 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
This engagingly eccentric biography by German playwright and television scriptwriter Klaus Eidam performs the valuable service of knocking off the dust accumulated around Bach (1685-1750) by generations of writers more concerned with their own musical, religious, or political theories than the particulars of the composer's life. Eidam has as little use for Marxist scholars declaring Bach "the musician of the Enlightenment" as he does for their precursors who declared the composer to be so devout that he viewed his art only as a means to praise God. His aim is to restore Bach to the general public as a musician first and foremost, well versed in the techniques and instruments of his day, deeply immersed in his artistic goals.

To this end, Eidam spends a good deal of time quarreling with previous biographers about...



Johann Sebastian Bach, Vol. 1
Philipp Spitta
0486274128
Sept 1992
Paperback
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Book Description
Volume 1 of monumental three-volume study of Bach, foundation of all later scholarship. Detailed descriptions on almost everything known about Bach’s life and family; also perceptive analyses of all important compositions—over 500 pieces—with more than 450 musical excerpts. Scholarly, yet can be read with profit by any serious music lover. Republication of 1885 English translation by Clara Bell and J. A. Fuller-Maitland.


Johann Sebastian Bach
Mike Venezia
0516207601
March 1998
Library Binding
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Card catalog description
A brief biography of the prolific eighteenth-century composer and organist who created some of the world's greatest instrumental and religious music.


Johann Sebastian Bach
Eric Michael Summerer
1404227709
August 2006
Hardcover
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Johann Sebastian Bach, Vol. 2
Philipp Spitta
0486274136
Aug 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Volume 2 of monumental three-volume study of Bach, foundation of all later scholarship. Detailed information on almost everything known about Bach’s life and family; also perceptive analyses of all important compositions—over 500 pieces—with more than 450 musical excerpts. Scholarly, yet can be read with profit by any serious music lover. Republication of 1885 English translation by Clara Bell and J. A. Fuller-Maitland.


Bach
Ann Rachlin
0812049918
August 1992
Paperback
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El Dia
"Libros que estan dirigidos a los jovenes, pero que tambien los adultos pueden disfrutar." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
As part of the "Famous Children Series," this delightful story recounts episodes from the childhood of Johann Sebastian Bach. Johann Sebastian Bach studied music under the stern direction of his older brother Christophe-and how this small boy's talent came to the fore. Lively, full-color illustrations on each page capture the spirit of his times.

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Johann Sebastian Bach, Vol. 3
Philipp Spitta
0486274144
Sept 1992
Paperback
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Book Description
Volume 3 of monumental three-volume study of Bach, foundation of all later scholarship. Detailed information on almost everything known about Bach’s life and family; also perceptive analyses of all important compositions—over 500 pieces—with more than 450 musical excerpts. Scholarly, yet can be read with profit by any serious music lover. Republication of 1885 English translation by Clara Bell and J. A. Fuller-Maitland.


Johann Sebastian Bach
Peggy Pancella
1403467455
August 2005
Hardcover
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Johann Sebastian Bach: His Life in Pictures and Documents
Hans Conrad Fischer
080063764X
January 2000
Hardcover
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American Record Guide, May 2001
"...like so many of their recordings, this book bears the mark of Hänssler's excellence!" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description
The monumental work of J. S. Bach—some 250 cantatas, 280 organ compositions, the great Passions, oratorios and masses, the Well-Tempered Clavier, the Brandenburg Concertos, the Art of the Fugue—stands as a high-water mark of Western civilization. Yet that work is understandable only in light of Bach's profound Christian faith, asserts Hans Conrad Fischer. Born under the shadow of Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther in seclusion had translated the New Testament into German, Bach saw his work as a daily engagement with Christian mysteries, often signing his manuscripts SDG–soli deo...

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