The Cello Suites by Eric Siblin

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One autumn evening, not long after ending a stint as a pop music critic, Eric Siblin attended a recital of Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suites. There, something unlikely happened: he fell deeply in love with the music. So began a quest that would unravel three centuries of mystery, intrigue, history, politics, and passion. Part biography, part music history, and part literary mystery,The Cello Suitesweaves together three dramatic narratives: the first features Bach and the missing manuscript of these mesmerisingly beautiful eighteenth-century pieces for solo cello; the next, the legendary cellist Pablo Casals and the historic discovery of the music in Spain in the late nineteenth century; and the last, Eric Siblin's own infatuation with the suites in the twenty-first century. This love affair leads Siblin to the back streets of Barcelona and a Belgian mansion; to interviews with world-renowned cellists; to archives, festivals, and conferences; and even to cello lessons - all in pursuit of answers to the mysteries that continue to haunt this music more than 250 years after its composer's death. The Cello Suitesis a lovingly written, true-life journey of discovery, fuelled by the transcendent power of a musical masterpiece.

About Eric Siblin

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Eric Siblin is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker, and the former pop music critic at the Montreal Gazette. The Cello Suites is his first book.
Published January 1, 2010 by Harvill Secker.
Genres: Arts & Photography.

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My first exposure to Bach's Cello Suites, after working as a pop music critic for a daily newspaper, rewired my audio circuitry.

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