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Johann Sebastian Bach (Christian Encounters Series)

Rick Marschall
Johann Sebastian Bach (Christian Encounters Series)
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Johann Sebastian Bach (Christian Encounters Series)

Rick Marschall

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Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. But all, through their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires, uniquely illuminate our shared experience.Johann Sebastian Bach is generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. He enriched his generation, and beyond, with his prolific ability to survey and bring together the principal styles, forms, and national traditions that had developed during preceding generations. He left a corpus of sacred music to cover the entire liturgical year, including Latin Masses written for the Catholic Court of Dresden andspent much of his working life as a church music director in Germany. He was a highly respected organist during his lifetime, but he wasn't recognized as a great composer until the early nineteenth century.

- Publisher Two-and-a-half centuries after his death, the complex life of composer Johann Sebastian Bach continues to fascinate.

Bach's colorful life was anchored in his belief that "music has been ordered by God's Spirit"?so much so that he began each composition by scrawling Jesu, juva (Jesus, help me) at the top of a blank page and concluded each with S.D.G. (short for Soli Deo Gloria, to God alone be the glory). Through the eyes of noted music and culture writer Rick Marschall, the intensely personal yet boldly public faith that earned Bach the nickname "The Fifth Evangelist" takes on fresh meaning. From a survey of Bach's family and its deep Christian roots to a behind-the-scenes look at how he crafted his masterpieces, this book paints a picture of an astonishing figure and his relationship with his God.

Marschall brings Bach's enduring music and influence to the postmodern world and to all who would draw inspiration from his relentless pursuit of divinely ordained creativity.


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About "Johann Sebastian Bach (Christian Encounters Series)"

Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. But all, through their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires, uniquely illuminate our shared experience.Johann Sebastian Bach is generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. He enriched his generation, and beyond, with his prolific ability to survey and bring together the principal styles, forms, and national traditions that had developed during preceding generations. He left a corpus of sacred music to cover the entire liturgical year, including Latin Masses written for the Catholic Court of Dresden andspent much of his working life as a church music director in Germany. He was a highly respected organist during his lifetime, but he wasn't recognized as a great composer until the early nineteenth century.
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Two-and-a-half centuries after his death, the complex life of composer Johann Sebastian Bach continues to fascinate.


Bach's colorful life was anchored in his belief that "music has been ordered by God's Spirit"?so much so that he began each composition by scrawling Jesu, juva (Jesus, help me) at the top of a blank page and concluded each with S.D.G. (short for Soli Deo Gloria, to God alone be the glory). Through the eyes of noted music and culture writer Rick Marschall, the intensely personal yet boldly public faith that earned Bach the nickname "The Fifth Evangelist" takes on fresh meaning. From a survey of Bach's family and its deep Christian roots to a behind-the-scenes look at how he crafted his masterpieces, this book paints a picture of an astonishing figure and his relationship with his God.

Marschall brings Bach's enduring music and influence to the postmodern world and to all who would draw inspiration from his relentless pursuit of divinely ordained creativity.

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Meet the Author

Rick Marschall

Rick Marschall, called by Bostonia Magazine perhaps America 's foremost authority on popular culture, has written or edited more than 60 books. He co-founded Nemo: The Classic Comics Library and Hogan 's Alley magazines and is President of Rosebud Archives. He has taught comics history at the School of Visual Arts and Rutgers University. His biography of Johann Sebastian Bach will be published by Thomas Nelson in 2010.

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1 stars By Liz P, Oct 23 2012
I enjoy a good biography but this was not a good biography. I really did not enjoy this book, for two main reasons. 
Firstly, the content of the book is very dry. It is full of dates and the names of people, places and pieces of music but tells us almost nothing about them. It is factual history with nothing of personality. I feel like I am reading a dry textbook instead of a biography written by someone who was genuinely interested in Bach. 
The second reason I did not enjoy this book is the poor sentence structure. I learned early on that if you have to read the sentence twice (to understand it), it is a bad sentence. This book, sadly, contains far too many sentences that are awkward, unclear or poorly worded that it makes reading far harder than it should be. 
One thing I did quite enjoy about the book was the recognition throughout the pages that the person and music of Johann Sebastian Bach cannot be understood apart from his faith in God. As I understand, other modern biographers have omitted this portion of his life, but it is included in implicit or explicit ways throughout the whole of the book. 
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3 stars By Wendy, Jul 18 2011
J. S. Bach is one of those historical figures that is common name, yet few people know much about him. He is widely known for his compositions. Less well known is that he was an incredibly prolific composer. And probably an even smaller number of people know how deeply he loved to serve his God with his amazing gifts.

This book is a short biography of Johann Sebastian Bach, written from a Christian perspective.
 
It has been a long time since I studied Bach. Back in high school I did, while studying for music exams. I played a number of his compositions too. So this was an interesting flashback in time to read about his life again.

Because of my background I understood the book quite well, but I'm not sure how much someone without a classical musical history would. But certainly the book is not just about music. The author looks at Bach's faith and life, something not easy to do because Bach wrote very little about himself (words, that is).

A very interesting little book that I'm glad I read. It is also a nice size for fitting into a handbag for reading on the run.

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Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided to me for review by Thomas Nelson Books http://BookSneeze.com. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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  • Catalogue Code 159724
  • Product Code 9781595551085
  • ISBN 1595551085
  • EAN 9781595551085
  • Pages 192
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Apr 2011
  • Sales Rank #78848
  • Dimensions 177 x 127 x 12 mm
  • Weight 0.154kg

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