Its not too bad, did you read Martin Geck s book? *)
Post by Richard Jernigan
I find it remarkable that Bach's music has such an immediate
and intimate appeal
That means you feel such a appeal right hard.
That means God is there and Bach brings him into your soul
Post by Richard Jernigan
and philosophical position so remote from my own.
DEAR! How would WHO ever KNOW even "his philosophical position"!
You are perhaps more of a moron.
A Citation follows:
Weekly Starred Review. Surprisingly little is known about the domestic and
professional life of the man many consider the greatest composer who ever
lived, and even this monumental study by a German musicologist has to fall
back on a great deal of supposition of the kind all too familiar from some
Shakespearean biographies. If it is scant on personal details, it is
brilliantly all-encompassing on the music and on the place of Bach in the
musical pantheon, both in his own time and in the present. Geck devotes at
least two-thirds of his book to an exhaustive examination of Bach's
technique and accomplishment in all his major works, and their impact on the
listener. This analysis is not overwhelmingly technical and can be readily
appreciated by an educated enthusiast. In a final section called "Horizons,"
in which Geck meditates on Bach's art, religion and philosophy as displayed
in the music, he offers some remarkable insights. Bach's "overwhelming
density" in places can inspire "shock and awe," as well as "laughter over
the infinity of creation, and tears at one's own insignificance." For Bach,
he says, "every work of music has to be conceived as a perfect likeness of
divine creation." (Dec.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division
of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
*Starred Review* More than a century ago, Albert Schweitzer indicted Bach
biographers for a fixation on the composer's technical mastery, contending
that such a focus blinded them to his poetic genius. In 2000 a perceptive
German musicologist finally published a life study so perceptive and
capacious that even Schweitzer would have applauded, and now a gifted
translator has made that award-winning biography accessible to
English-speaking readers. Writing for both the scholar and the general
reader, Geck delivers a portrait of Bach--as man and as musician--more
carefully nuanced and complete than those of any of his predecessors. In his
portrait of the young Bach, for instance, Geck teases from a mere handful of
documents clues as to how a self-taught organ-tuner won exceptional
privileges from Arnstadt authorities. And in probing the repeated
metamorphoses in Bach's artistic styles, Geck shows how Bach's rare creative
talent fused devotion to tradition with experimental daring. The same
analytical sophistication reveals how Bach's music reflects a Christian
faith inspired by Lutheran mysticism and Pietist devotion. But even as he
unveils the origins of Bach's sublime spirituality, Geck reminds readers of
the rooted humanity of a boon companion who relished a mug of hard cider.
Ordinary lovers of music will join specialists in praising this book. Bryce
Christensen Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved