The Little Bach Book: An eclectic Omnibus of Notable Details about the Life and Times of the esteemed and highly respected Johann Sebastian Bach

The Little Bach Book: An eclectic Omnibus of Notable Details about the Life and Times of the esteemed and highly respected Johann Sebastian Bach

by David J Gordon

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The Little Bach Book: An eclectic Omnibus of Notable Details about the Life and Times of the esteemed and highly respected Johann Sebastian Bach by David J Gordon

After decades of singing Bach's music and lecturing about Bach and the world of the early 18th century, renowned Bach tenor David Gordon has compiled his favorite material into one volume. The Little Bach Book is a light-hearted scholarly look at Bach and the world around him, with a special focus on Leipzig, the city where he lived for 27 years and wrote most of his great masterworks.

Assembled and written by a master lecturer and story teller, this is an eclectic selection of historical anecdotes, scholarly explanations, gee-whiz factoids, vintage illustrations, time lines, bits of pathos, facts about daily life, and true stories about Bach and his world in the 1700s.

In the 18th century, what did people drink instead of water? How did Bach light his home, and how did he write his music? Which concert killed Bach's principal trumpeter? How many of Bach's 20 children lived to be adults? What happened to Anna Magdalena after Bach died? What is the puzzle inside Bach's monogram? What did people eat and drink in Bach's time? What was the job application Bach sent to Dresden? What did everyone do just before getting into bed? How many church services did Bach oversee each week? What happened at the organ duel in Dresden? Why did Bach tell his cousin not to send him any more free wine? What was Bach's actual job description in Leipzig? How often did people do the laundry?

The Little Bach Book is filled with fascinating and sometimes unexpected answers to these and many other questions. The scholarship is serious, and the stories are fun, surprising, and heartwarming!

150 pages, richly ilustrated, even a recipe for beer soup...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692878415
Publisher: Lucky Valley Press
Publication date: 06/14/2017
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 989,350
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Described by the Washington Post as "a model of style and charm, and an irresistible performer," tenor David Gordon has forged a versatile international career as singer, teacher, lecturer, and recording artist. He has won critical acclaim as guest soloist with virtually every major North American symphony orchestra, and with other prestigious orchestras, operas, and music festivals on four continents.
Hailed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as "one of the great interpreters of the Bach evangelist of our time," David is especially known for his vivid and stylish performance of Bach's music for tenor. As a Bach soloist, he has been featured in hundreds of concerts throughout North America, Europe, and Japan with conductors including Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Bruno Weil, Christopher Hogwood, David Zinman, Greg Funfgeld, Simon Preston, Blanche Honegger Moyse, Richard Westenburg, and Peter Schreier.
On the international operatic stage, David has portrayed 60 principal roles with the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera (Kennedy Center), Hamburg Staatsoper, and other stages worldwide. His operatic repertoire includes Monteverdi, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Smetana, Wagner, Mussorgsky, Leoncavallo, Verdi, Puccini, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, and several world premieres.
A prolific recording artist, David appears on 15 classical CDs for RCA, BMG, Telarc, Decca, and other major labels, in eight centuries of repertoire.
David is also a popular lecturer and master class presenter, and has been a voice instructor at Sonoma State University and the University of California at Berkeley. A three-decade veteran of the Carmel Bach Festival in California, David serves as Dramaturge and Lecturer, and also directs the Festival's vocal master class for young professionals.
In 2014, David published Carmel Impresarios, a major cultural biography of the two visionary women who helped establish Carmel-by-the-Sea as an artistic and cultural hotspot in the 1920s and 1930s. The 400-page volume offers a detailed history of theater and music in one of California's most unique regions, and includes nearly 300 vintage illustrations, extensive footnotes, and a detailed appendix and index. Available from any bookseller worldwide. For more information, please visit www.luckyvalleypress.com.
David can be contacted through his website: www.spiritsound.com.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

AUTHOR’S INTRODUCTION

PROLOGUE

Leipzig Timeline to 1723

The World in 1723

BACH THE EMPLOYEE

Bach Comes to Leipzig

The Leipzig Churches

Leipzig Church Schedule

THE WELL-TEMPERED TITLE PAGE

WRITING WITH A FEATHER

HOME LIFE IN THE 1720S

The Bach Apartment, Heat

Clothing, Laundry, Bed

The Color of Fleas

Hair and Wigs

The 23 Members of the Bach Family

FOOD AND DRINK

The Kitchen

Beverages, Foods

At the Table

Sample Recipes

Bach’s Coffee Pots

HOW THE BRANDENBURGS GOT THEIR NAME

ARTIFICIAL LIGHT

The Open Flame

Sapwood, Fats

Open Oil Lamp

Candles, Rushlights

Streetlights

Torches

BACH AT THE KEYBOARD

Eyewitnesses

Confusing the Congregation

Keyboard Duel in Dresden

THE INTIMATION OF CLEANLINESS

Matter Out of Place

Bathing

Dental Care

BACH LOOKS ELSEWHERE

Letter to Georg Erdman

B Minor Mass Cover Letter

Monogram Puzzle

PLEASURES

Coffee and Leipzig

The Collegium Musicum

The Tobacco Poem

The Wine Cask

ROYAL NIGHT MUSIC

MEDICINE AND MORTALITY

18th Century Medicine

The Death of Maria Barbara

The Children Who Died Young

The Death of Bach

Anna Magdalena

EPILOGUE

APPENDIX

Maps.

Bach Timeline

Words about Bach

Titles of German Nobility

Further Reading

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