Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach

Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach

Music in the Castle of Heaven A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who seems so ordinary so opaque and occasionally so intem

  • Title: Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Author: John Eliot Gardiner
  • ISBN: 9780141977591
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who seems so ordinary, so opaque and occasionally so intemperate In this remarkable book, John Eliot Gardiner distils the fruits of a lifetime s immersion as one of Bach s greatest living interpreters Explaining in wonderful detaJohann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who seems so ordinary, so opaque and occasionally so intemperate In this remarkable book, John Eliot Gardiner distils the fruits of a lifetime s immersion as one of Bach s greatest living interpreters Explaining in wonderful detail how Bach worked and how his music achieves its effects, he also takes us as deeply into Bach s works and mind as perhaps words can The result is a unique book about one of the greatest of all creative artists.

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    youtube/watch?v=ggm0SZIt's slightly after the Christmas season (some traditions excepted), but this is a fine sample of Gardiner's own conducting. Shout for joy and exult!Here is a stimulating new look at the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Our author has the benefit of not just a musical education with Nadia Boulanger, but a lifetime of practical experience in conducting Bach, even the marathon feat of an international tour of all of Bach's sacred cantatas (almost 200 distinct performa [...]

    Still a book about Bach, the musician of the musicians, the boss. Why one moreover and what news? The author. John-Eliot Gardiner. An institution. The English chief was the student (and also the heir) of Nadia Boulanger. He was one of the heroes of the baroque revolution.This movement began in Holland and Germany at the end of the Seventies. The goal was to play again the Baroque music with more close to the authenticity: instrument of time, diapason with 451 herz, cord in bowelGustav Leonhardt, [...]

    Yet another book on Bach, are you kidding Fino? Well, yes and this one is really really good! John Eliot Gardner is one of the world's greatest performers of baroque music and this book provides insight into what for me would be the otherwise completely inaccessible world of Bach's choral music - all written in what is for me incomprehensible German. He has a great, entertaining writing style and I learned so much and loved learning about how I could appreciate the music despite not understandin [...]

    È stato davvero interessante leggere questo saggio, incentrato sulla produzione sacra di Bach, che dà poco spazio alla stretta biografia e solo nella misura in cui inquadra l'artista, uomo talvolta servile con i potenti (la sua vita dipendeva dalle loro grazie e commissioni, come biasimarlo), irascibile, in disputa per i compensi, stakanovista (per anni compose una Cantata a settimana lavorando senza sosta) intimamente religioso. La musica di Bach è incentrata su vita – morte – Dio e il s [...]

    Four months to read this book! Some brilliant things here, but also very frustrating. Gardiner strongly believes that Bach's religious music, specifically the prodigious cantata cycles, the St. John and St. Matthew Passions, and the B minor Mass, are at the absolute center of Bach's accomplishment and identity. Fine, but he neglects Bach's stupendous "abstract" music, and really fails to address how those not attached to Bach's Lutheran variant of Christianity - how those who may not be religiou [...]

    John Eliot Gardiner explores the man behind the music in this ambitious, definitive biography of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) the great (arguably greatest ever) composer. Gardiner, a protégé of Nadia Boulanger and a seasoned conductor, grew up in a musical family that was entrusted with the Elias Gottlob Haussmann portrait of Bach during World War 2. At a critical moment in his career, he realized that, ‘I would first need to study and to learn to perform the music of Bach’. Consequen [...]

    Much to my surprise, given my interest in the subject and the widespread acclaim, large portions of this were a total slog. Having gone in knowing Bach's instrumental works somewhat better than his choral pieces, I was intrigued by getting the perspective of a choral conductor. Sadly, I found the author to be pretty grating in his discussion of music -- not just the random speculation about what Bach "must have felt" as he wrote pieces (passages of music clearly show Bach wrestling with his doub [...]

    The book offers musical insights into Bach's sacred music, and also into his time and place. We are presented with the results of a lot of fascinating (and on-going) research.I love the cantatas, passions, masses and have them all. I took helpful notes on what to listen out for in those cantatas I'm not familiar with. The Passions and the B Minor Mass are treated towards the end and I gave up at the end of the Kyrie. Reading about the B Minor Mass is a task for another time.I thought that John E [...]

    “here is what many of us consider the most beautiful and profound manifestation that man is capable of in complex harmonious sounds that capture in an inexplicable way the joys and suffering we experience in our earthly lives”John Eliot Gardiner, a man who spent much of his life conducting and interpeting Bach's music wrote this to explain what he thought was the most representative part of Bach's body of work - his Leipzig cantatas - and why they are important. He presents Bach's life and w [...]

    While Bach has been part of my life since childhood, I haven't thought for more than a moment about him as opposed to his music since hearing a tape called "Mr Bach Comes to Call" when I was eight or nine. (But I heard that tape a lot. I could still recite bits of it, no question.) Gardiner's main interpretive scheme is that Bach, the man, is inferrable from Bach, the composer. Even leaving aside the intentional fallacy, which is sort of inevitable in a book that's both biography and criticism, [...]

    Natuurlijk gaat er niets boven Bachs muziek beluisteren, thuis, maar nog liever in de concertzaal. Deze jarenlange passie heb ik gaandeweg uitgebreid met musicologische literatuur, maar wat dirigent John Eliot Gardiner als praktisch uitvoerder en onderzoeker te vertellen heeft (over Bach's vocale werken: zijn cantates, passies, motetten en missen) is zoveel boeiender. In 2000 maakte hij met zijn 'Monteverdi Choir en Orchestra' een 'Bach-Pilgrimage': een immense logistieke onderneming waarbij koo [...]

    Well, its taken me a very long time to read this book and its not a fault of the book. This is part biography of Bach, part biography of his music and the imagination that birthed it, and part evocative description of Bach's sacred music itself. There is much to commend here. Gardiner is one of the foremost experts on Bach today, and not because he has read nearly everything there is to read about Bach, although he has probably done so judging from the footnotes and endnotes (the former are all [...]

    During the last year, as the result of our decision to purchase symphony tickets and the need in my classroom to have quiet background music as students read, I’ve been listening to a lot more classical music. I’ve always listened some--off and on--but recently it’s been a lot, and Bach has always been my favorite. I decided to read a biography of the great composer and was excited to read the endorsements of the recent bio--John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven. This [...]

    This book did a really good job avoiding common issues I have with books about music: that is, it actually talked about the music, instead of avoiding the subject with biographical speculation that leaves you feeling cheated or like the author didn't really understand it in the first place. Gardener has clearly spent a lot of time both thinking about and performing Bach's entire vocal music catalog, and it shows. There was s biographical aspect to this book, but the line between biography and an [...]

    This could have used a lot of editing. Gardiner's talent given its due, his story and career do not belong in a bio of Bach. And while I find the examination of the musical culture as influenced by a religious climate interesting, it is honestly not necessary to go into a history of the forest of Thuringia or to spend chapters discussing obscure Bach relatives before getting to the absolute little sure known about Bach.

    So interesting in a boring way! I loved the detailed exposition of the cantatas, but there were too many details about Bach's employers and speculations about his psychology. I object to the condescending way John Elliot describes Bach's spiritual life. Why does he assume that a man of Bach's genius is incapable of having a genuine relationship with God? Still, I learned a lot about the cantatas and hope to reread portions of this as a resource

    Some really interesting insights into Bach's work and life. Occasionally felt like the same point was being made multiple times, but the interweaving of his life story and the musicology was great, and made me go and listen to a few pieces of Bach I didn't know.

    Vivid, enlightening, occasionally provocative bio in which Bach's vocal music comes to dramatic life in Gardiner's evocative (and occasionally clumsy) prose. Justified or not, I feel closer to both Bach the man and Bach the composer

    What an amazing book. Gardiner's book provides insight into the forces that shaped Bach and his music. The middle section is rather technical and almost requires you to read them while listening to the works discussed. It was worth them time that it took to carefully read this work.

    Gardiner not only gives a history of Bach, but also gives a detailed "walk-through" of 3 Bach masterpieces. Very thorough and gives the reader an insight to Bach's genius.

    Interesting, at times a little too much extrapolating beyond our evidence, but wow it made me miss singing all those things!

    Perhaps no other composer is as important to classical musicians, and indeed to Western music as a whole, than Johann Sebastian Bach. Though he is not my favorite composer personally, I readily acknowledge that his was a musical genius unmatched by any other composer of any other era, before or since. It seems natural, then, that as a musician, I should be aware of who this man was, and understand the gravity of his accomplishments. John Eliot Gardiner chooses to approach this by attempting to r [...]

    This lengthy tome from renowned Bach conductor and performer John Eliot Gardiner is an interesting addition to the gigantic catalogue of works on this most influential of composers in the Western Classical Music tradition. The language here is not that of a musicological scholar but that of a paean of admiration, from a devoted performer, for the tremendous sacred work of an enigmatic personality. This is not to say that Gardiner's work is not scholarly, in fact it is this repertoire and that wh [...]

    It's certainly not a straightforward read, but you have to admire the scholarship, years of experience and verve of John Eliot Gardiner's writing. This is a man who knows Bach's choral works right from the inside and as such can provide insights that few others can.This is not a conventional biography - like Shakespeare, Bach leaves us with only fragments from which to draw a life portrait - nor is it an exhaustive study of his music. The orchestral works are only mentioned in passing. This is f [...]

    Bach: Music In The Castle Of Heaven John Eliot Gardiner 672 Pages ISBN: # :0375415297 Knopf 2013There are a dozen reasons why Bach: Music In The Castle Of Heaven is an important addition to the J.S. Bach bibliography, several being associated with its author, Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Gardiner is the dean of the college of Bach Choral specialists, a college containing names like Joshua Rifkin, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Masaaki Suzuki, and Helmuth Rilling. What separa [...]

    An illuminating view of Bach’s music by one of its best conductors. The author discusses details of Bach’s 89 cantatas and his other compositions, including both Passions, Magnificat and motets. It combines the details of Bach’s life, especially his environment and contemporary musical landscape. This book is a must for any Bach music lover. It led me to study the further 88 Bach cantatas, not covered in the book, but conducted by the maestro in his Cantata Pilgrimage. This book is a fruit [...]

    Fundamental trabajo para adentrarnos más en el conocimiento del genio musical indiscutible: Johann Sebastian Bach. De la mano de un intérprete y director de su obra, principalmente de su obra coral, el libro expone cómo se gestaron los ciclos de cantatas y cómo nacieron las dos Pasiones. Todo ello mezclado con los sucesos vitales que construyeron la personalidad de Bach y que terminó plasmándose en sus obras. Un libro fundamental para quienes no conozcan al genio de Eisenach o para los que [...]

    Surprisingly little is known about the life of J.S. Bach. Nonetheless, John Eliot Gardiner managed to write 558 pages about him. In spite of the wonderful title, I found the prose tedious and over my head, or perhaps tedious because it was over my head. I decided to cut my losses at Page 84, so to say that I read "Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven" is a lie. Reading it was becoming a drudgery. It was making me long for a novel, and a frothy one at that.Perhaps I'll give it another try someday [...]

    I would have loved this book solely for its analysis of Bach's harmonic devices, in particular the stuff about counterpoint and polyphony. But I was also super impressed with Gardiner's ability to write, which kept me interested through the sections on non-secular music and was hilariously acerbic at times (Gardiner also proves that it's possible to master more than one art-form -- the hope blooms!)My only quibble was that Gardiner tried to display so many interpretations of Bach the person. I k [...]

    Most musicians, myself included, often put Sebastian Bach on a pedestal, a musical god who only exists in the lofty heights. Gardiner simplifies him and his existence, explaining with diligence and accuracy Bach’s life, times and music. He makes Bach relatable, a man with successes and defeats like the rest of us. I cannot recommend this book enough to Bach scholars, organists and anyone interested in a down-to-Earth biography of the master.

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