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An original idea admirably executed, 30 Oct. 2013
This is a highly intriguing book concerning the parallel lives of Johann Sebastian Bach and Frederick the Great, and how their paths converged over their only meeting which resulted in Bach's monumental 'Musical Offering'. Gaines takes an original idea and combines meticulously-researched facts with inevitably-imagined circumstances, resulting in a fascinating mélange of fact and fiction. I have told all my musical friends about this book, feeling sure that they will find it equally fascinating.