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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Collection, 19 Nov. 2003
This review is from: The New Bach Reader: Life of Johann Sebastian Bach in Letters and Documents (Paperback)
A wonderful collection of letters by and articles about Bach, both from his own era and afterwards.
Some of his letters have even been set to music! Amazon also has available Peter Schickele's [a k a PDQ Bach] "1712 Overture and other Musical Assaults" which includes his parody on Copland's Lincoln Portrait, in which, instead of reciting The Gettysburg Address, he reads 2 of Bach's many letters complaining about his lack of money.
These are among the best known of Bach's letters, and are a fairly good indication of the general tone of many of his letters.
In one letter he complains to a relative that the cask of wine he had sent was half empty by the time it arrived, and that he had had to pay so many taxes as it passed through various districts of Germany that receiving it was rather expensive!
He concludes by saying something like "Please don't send me any more gifts ... I can't afford it!"
In the second letter, he writes warmly of his very musical family, but also whinges about his pay being less than he expected. He says that he had been promised a certain amount of money per funeral, but unfortunately the winter was so mild very few people died!
Highly recommended for lovers of Bach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Scholarship, 17 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: The New Bach Reader: Life of Johann Sebastian Bach in Letters and Documents (Paperback)
I bought this book for information while I was preparing a performance of a Bach choral work. All the information is supberbly presented and the book eminently readable. For anyone musician who wants to get closer the Bach, one of Baroque's most inspiring composers, this book is a "must".
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