- Hardcover: 198 pages
- Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill; First edition (March 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070356467
- ISBN-13: 978-0070356467
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,999,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Basically Bach: A 300th Birthday Celebration Hardcover – March, 1985
Top Customer Reviews
Take Bach's famously large family - by his two wives, he had twenty children. But ten never made it to their tenth birthday. And just as a farmer might have a large family to work the fields, many of Bach's children were gainfully employed within the family as musical copyists. Four became well-known composers whose fame lasts to the present day. Concerts at the Bach house must have been truly wonderful, indeed.
Kupferberg entertains us with stories about Bach that reveal the great man as flesh and blood. How humiliating it must have been for Bach when his masterpiece, the St. Mathew Passion, met with mixed reviews. Or when the Leipzig town council, considering candidates for town cantor, settled for Bach - whom they considered a `mediocrity' - only because Christoph Graupner (ever hear of him?) was not available. Bach did have a small triumph, however, when the most famous organist of France challenged him to an organ competition, only to remember a prior engagement after he overheard Bach practicing! And I was touched by how much Bach wished to meet Handel: he invited Handel to his home and once even walked twenty miles to meet him - only to be rebuffed each time by his more famous contemporary.Read more ›