Johann Sebastian Bach by Martin Geck
Life and Work

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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.  The focus in this comprehensive, thoroughly researched book is on the extraordinary work that came of the composer's life. From the Goldberg Variations to the Brandenburg Concertos to the Art of the Fugue, Geck carefully analyzes Bach's innovations in harmony and counterpoint, placing them in the context of European musical and social history. Always fresh and stimulating, this definitive work reintroduces Bach's enormous oeuvre in all its splendor.
 

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Martin Geck is the author of numerous works on classical music, including a survey of its history from Beethoven to Mahler. He is a professor of musicology at the University of Dortmund in Germany. No Bio
 
Published December 4, 2006 by Harcourt. 752 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Surprisingly little is known about the domestic and professional life of the man many consider the greatest composer who ever lived, and even this monumental study by a German musicologist has to f

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Martin Geck’s thoroughness should discourage tomorrow’s aspirant biographers, but we’re still left to guess what brought on the flow of magic from Bach’s mind.

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Martin Geck’s thoroughness should discourage tomorrow’s aspirant biographers, but we’re still left to guess what brought on the flow of magic from Bach’s mind.

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Martin Geck’s thoroughness should discourage tomorrow’s aspirant biographers, but we’re still left to guess what brought on the flow of magic from Bach’s mind.

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Martin Geck’s thoroughness should discourage tomorrow’s aspirant biographers, but we’re still left to guess what brought on the flow of magic from Bach’s mind.

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Martin Geck, who has written extensively about Bach, is a committed and erudite scholar, and this study is a consummation of much of his own life and work.

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