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Bach: An Extraordinary Life
An Extraordinary Life (ABRSM)
Written by Bach specialist and leading harpsichordist Davitt Moroney, this book is a witty, lucid and revealing account of Bach's life. It is a perceptive assessment of the composer's genius and will be of great interest to concert-goers, CD collectors, social historians and students.
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Charming book. Well worth having. * Flutewise * A short and delightful book...This book is eminently readable and very refreshing. The only complaint is that one wishes it could have been longer. * IPQ * Moroney's prose makes gripping reading, much like a good novel. This book will open your eyes to a side of Bach with which you might not be familiar - a determined, sometimes stubborn, competitive, humorous man, but above all a human-being. * Early Music News * Davitt Moroney's slim volume skilfully packs a great deal of information into its 100-plus pages... Piecing together the fragmentary remarks we have about Bach's character, Moroney vividly brings him to life in five carefully-organised chapters. One appealing feature is the inclusion of diverting contemporary anecdotes about Bach's attitude to food, drink and tobacco - basically he seems to have liked them all. * Early Music Today *