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Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment Paperback – 28 Feb 2006

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; Reprint edition (28 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007156618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007156610
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,036,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Highly entertaining. Lovers of music, European history, and Western philosophy will find this book an enormous pleasure." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"Gaines writes very accessibly.A marvelous story that will captivate the classical music audience." -- Booklist

"Lively.with a delicious cast of characters.Gaines shows himself a deft writer." -- Denver Post

"Articulate, well-informed and rigorous.Gaines makes this dauntingly technical subject accessible." -- Sunday Telegraph

"Gaines writes with admirable erudition.No author could want a more promising pair of antagonists." -- New York Times Book Review

"A book-length romp that is less like a B-Minor Mass than an Italian opera...Wonderful."--Harper's Magazine

"Lively...with a delicious cast of characters...Gaines shows himself a deft writer."--Denver Post

"Filled with sensible speculation and insights, Gaines' books is a model for humanities writing."--San Antonio Express-News

"Intelligent, stylish, wryly witty, serious yet never solemn, and above all passionate in its celebration of a great composer."--The Guardian

"Gaines writes with admirable erudition...No author could want a more promising pair of antagonists."--New York Times Book Review

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Johann Sebastian Bach created what may be the most celestial and profound body of music in history; Frederick the Great built the colossus we now know as Germany, and along with it a template for modern warfare. Their fleeting encounter in 1757 signals a unique moment in history where belief collided with the cold certainty of reason. Set at the tipping point between the ancient and modern world, Evening in the Palace of Reason captures the tumult of the eighteenth century, the legacy of the Reformation, and the birth of the Enlightenment in this extraordinary tale of two men.

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