The music of J. S. Bach has a unique power and resonance some 300 years after it was written. From annual performances of the great Passions to its use in popular arrangements, adverts and films, the imaginative strength of Bach’s music continues to draw listeners to explore its mysteries.
Accessible, lively and easy to use, with guides to his works and outstanding recordings, Nicholas Kenyon’s new Pocket Guide looks at all Bach’s music, sacred and secular, vocal and instrumental, reflecting the latest scholarship, and explores why he speaks so profoundly to our age.
"In fewer than 500 pages Nicholas Kenyon has created a valuable addition to the musician’s home reference library. ‘There is nothing original in this book,’ he says, modestly, and warns that the text is not to be read straight through, but to be used as a resource. Despite those caveats much here will be new to many readers. In his foreword, Simon Russell Beale says that Nicholas Kenyon has here offered us a great gift. I’d echo that sentiment."
John Robert Brown