Beneath The Wig: Bach Examined In New Book | KUER 90.1

Beneath The Wig: Bach Examined In New Book

Oct 30, 2013

Johan Sebastian Bach's music has enjoyed considerable longevity as a cornerstone of the musical zeitgeist, but his personal life is, for the most part, the stuff of speculation.  The composer's little known personality—his emotions, flaws, and triumphs—may be about to become significantly clearer, however, with the publication of Bach: Music in The Castle of Heaven.  Written by John Eliot Gardiner—himself a renowned composer—the book attempts to unravel a man "filled with contradictions".  NPR Music's Tom Huizenga recently sat down with Gardiner for a chat about his new book—you can read it here

A new book from John Eliot Gardiner attempts to unveil the personal side of one of history's preeminent composers.
Credit courtesy of William H. Scheide, Princeton, N.J.