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By John Eliot Gardiner

ISBN-10: 0375415297

ISBN-13: 9780375415296

Johann Sebastian Bach is among the such a lot unfathomable composers within the historical past of track. How can such chic paintings were produced by means of a guy who (when we will parent his character in any respect) turns out so usual, so opaque—and sometimes so intemperate?

John Eliot Gardiner grew up passing one of many in simple terms real photographs of Bach each morning and night at the stairs of his parents’ apartment, the place it hung for protection in the course of international battle II. He has been learning and acting Bach ever considering the fact that, and is now considered as one of many composer’s maximum dwelling interpreters. The culmination of this lifetime’s immersion are distilled during this impressive publication, grounded within the latest Bach scholarship yet relocating some distance past it, and explaining in tremendous element the guidelines on which Bach drew, how he labored, how his song is built, the way it achieves its effects—and what it could let us know approximately Bach the man.

Gardiner’s heritage as a historian has inspired him to look for methods within which scholarship and function can cooperate and fruitfully coalesce. This has entailed piecing jointly the few biographical shards, scrutinizing the song, and waiting for these circumstances while Bach’s character turns out to penetrate the cloth of his notation. Gardiner’s goal is “to provide the reader a feeling of inhabiting an analogous reviews and sensations that Bach may have had within the act of music-making. This, i attempt to convey, may help us arrive at a extra human likeness discernible within the heavily comparable techniques of composing and appearing his music.”

It is especially infrequent that such an complete performer of song also needs to be a substantial author and philosopher approximately it. John Eliot Gardiner takes us as deeply into Bach’s works and brain as might be phrases can. the result's a distinct e-book approximately one of many maximum of all artistic artists.

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Edwards had proclaimed the awful power and sovereignty of God. He made it plain that there was no hope to be found in good works, good thoughts, or right action. The only possible hope lay in throwing oneself on the immense mercy of God Almighty. q 7/9/04 8:50 PM Page 43 6 The Edwards Home I am quite willing to live, and quite willing to die; quite willing to be sick and quite willing to be well; and quite willing for anything that God will bring upon me! q 44 7/9/04 8:50 PM Page 44 JONATHAN EDWARDS any spiritual leaders live solitary lives or lives that include a minimum of family concerns.

44 No one in Enfield that day escaped the power of Edwards’s eloquence. No one who later read the sermon escaped from it, either. Edwards had proclaimed the awful power and sovereignty of God. He made it plain that there was no hope to be found in good works, good thoughts, or right action. The only possible hope lay in throwing oneself on the immense mercy of God Almighty. q 7/9/04 8:50 PM Page 43 6 The Edwards Home I am quite willing to live, and quite willing to die; quite willing to be sick and quite willing to be well; and quite willing for anything that God will bring upon me!

When I saw Mr. Whitefield come upon the scaffold he looked almost angelical; a young, slim, slender youth before some thousands of people with a bold undaunted countenance, and my hearing how God was with him every where he went as he came along it solemnized my mind; and put me into a trembling fear before he began to preach; for he looked as if he was cloathed with authority from the Great God; and a sweet solemn solemnity sat upon his brow. 37 Nathan Cole was one of thousands of Anglo Americans caught up in the throes of the First Great Awakening.

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