After decades of lecturing about J. S. Bach and daily life in the early 18th century, David Gordon has compiled all his favorite material into one volume.
The Little Bach Book is a personal and eclectic selection of historical anecdotes, scholarly explanations, vintage illustrations, time lines, bits of pathos, vignettes of everyday life, and colorful stories about Bach and his world.
What were Bach’s six jobs in Leipzig?
What did people drink instead of water?
How did Bach light his home at night?
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 solution to Bach’s monogram puzzle?
What foods did people eat in Bach’s time?
What was the job application Bach sent to Dresden?
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 any more free wine?
Why did the Dukes of Weimar throw Bach in jail?
How often did people do the laundry?
What did everyone do just before getting into bed?
The book will be easier to read than this.
160 pages, lots of illustrations...
even a recipe for beer soup!
“One of the greatest interpreters of
Evangelist of our time, tenor David Gordon.”
– St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“One of the world’s great Bach tenors.”
– Chicago Tribune
Published by Lucky Valley Press
All material © 2017 David Gordon