Counterpoint : A Memoir Of Bach And Mourning

Author(s): Philip Kennicott
A reflection on the meaning and emotional impact of a Bach masterwork. As his mother was dying, Philip Kennicott began listening to the music of Bach obsessively, and spent the next five years trying to learn one of the composer's greatest keyboard masterpieces, the Goldberg Variations. Here he recounts his efforts to rise to the challenge, and to fight through his grief by coming to terms with memories of a difficult, complicated childhood. He describes the joys of mastering some of the pieces, the frustrations that plague his understanding of others, the technical challenges they pose, and the surpassing beauty of the melodies, harmonies, and counterpoint that distinguish them. While exploring Bach's compositions, he sketches a cultural history of playing the piano in the twentieth century. And he raises two questions--increasingly interrelated: What does it mean to know a piece of music? What does it mean to know another human being?-- From statement provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Call Number: 786.2092 Ken
See Also: Memoirs
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