The Cello Suites JS Bach Pablo Casals and the Search for a Baroue Masterpiece (EBOOK)
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in my book As for the subject matter it was interesting up to a point my book As for the subject matter it was interesting up to a point since I knew the main facts of Bach s life there was little new there for me I knew nothing of Casals so almost all of his story was new to me But while I et the fact that Casals was responsible for reintroducing the story was new to me But while I Is Government the Source of Monopoly? and Other Essays (Cato Paper ; No. 9) get the fact that Casals was responsible for reintroducing the Cello Suites to the public during the early twentieth century it seemed to me that for much of the book that the author was straining to link Bach Casals and himself to the suites Bach s catalog runs over 1000 pieces and while the suites are wonderful so too is nearly all of what Bach wrote He seems to have penned them and neveriven them a second thought Casals is
rightly associated with the suites but he also covered nearly every important piece associated with the suites but he also covered nearly every important piece cello music in the repertoire his life was not all about the cello suites though at times the author makes it seem that way In a way the sections of the book I enjoyed most were Siblin s own efforts to learn about the suites His story of a lover of rock and roll music he d been rock critic prior to writing this book who became disillusioned with it and went off searching for something else is one I can understand I ve been there That we both ended up at Bach and classical music was the original reason I picked up the book Again it s not a bad book There s no crime in concentrating only on the cello suites I simply felt the cello suites hook was overstated If you find the subject matter interesting at all you will probably enjoy this book This was not the preparation I was looking for before seeung Yo Yo Ma play all six suites at Tanglewood Like so much about the arts it s about the story behind the art rather than the art itself In this case it is split between the composer and its first primary performer Pablo Casals The chapters that focus on Casals spread throughout the book in the common keep all the balls in the air approach are interesting than the ones on Bach primarily because not much is known about Bach and therefore Siblin feels compelled to do too much with the little we know And there s too much about the author for my taste It s not a bad book but I found myself skimming a lot I first One Too Many Blows To The Head got excited about the cello suites about a year ago when I found a recording by Yo Yo Ma at the library I probably wouldn t haveiven this book a serious look except the praise for it from Simon Winchester printed on the front of the dust jacket This book tells the story of the rediscovery of the suites in a second hand music store by Pablo Casals in the early 20th century and how he revolutionized the role of the cello with his world famous performances of it He practiced it for 12 years before he performed it It is also a history of JS Bach Given the fanatical interest in his life by researchers and Bach nerds it s surprising how much we don t know about him and have to uess Makes one wonder how scientists can speak with such assurance about what happened 25 to 30 million years agoIf you think you might enjoy some solo cello music check out a recording Discovering how much interest there is in just this one work was enlightening yet for me it addresses some of the fundamental issues I have about the role or position of classical music Here is one thought brought out by the bookSome purists want Bach to heard as closely as possible to how it was heard in the 18th century But how can that be when today s audience has a knowledge of jazz and blues and other things that Bach s audience didn. Ellists Mischa Maisky Anner Bylsma and Pieter Wispelwey; to archives festivals conferences and cemeteries; and even to cello lessons all in pursuit of answers to the mysteries that continue to haunt this piece of music than 250 years after its composer's deathThe Cello Suites is an incomparable beautifully written true life journey of passion imagination and discovery fuelled by the transcendent power of a musical masterpie. A delicious smorgasbord of stories linked by the lorious Cello Suites the life of their composer J S Bach the life of their resurrector Pablo Casals and the uest of the author Eric Siblin An easy read but filled with fascinating details Particularly interesting is the emphasis on the link between politics and art in the life
OF THE COMPOSER AND THE CELLIST STRANGELY ABSENT IN the composer and the cellist strangely absent in narrative of the author himself Would it be because he lives in a much freer time where an artist like a non fiction writer is not bogged down too much
By Policies And Budgets Or policies and budgets Or he particularly lucky in his environment Nonetheless a delightful book for the interested lay reader n Heerlike deureenvleg van fassinerende verhale saamgebind deur die ses Tjellosuites die lewens van die komponis Johann Sebastian Bach en die tjellis wat die musiek aan die vergetelheid ontruk het Pablo Casals Daarmee saam vertellings oor die skrywer se speurtog om die stories na te vors en sy pogings om Bach se musiek te begryp Die ontroerendste hiervan is seker die ontmoeting met die afgetrede hooftjellis van die orkes in Siblin se tuisstad Montreal Di The Sudoku Code: 200 Sudoku Puzzles. One Answer. Can You Find It? gul bejaarde musikus het die skrywer oortuig om self tjellolesse te neem ten einde die musiek beter te begryp Die rol van die politiek in die lewens van Bach en Casals val op maar dis vreemd afwesig by Siblin se eie verhaal Is sy politieke ervaring oninteressant of irrelevant Daar is wel n kort bepreking van kulturele ideologie wat bots wanneer Siblin wonder of hy as Jood musiek behoort te sing wat so naby aan anti Semitisme kom hy het in n stadium deelgeneem aan n uitvoering van n Bach kantate deur nroep amateursangers wat spesiaal vir di doel byeengekom het Tog sleur Bach se musiek hom totaal mee en daarom het ons nou hierdie uiters leesbare boek n uitstekende inleiding vir die Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria ge nteresseerde leek tot hierdie boeiende stel komposisies Ever since I heard Anner Bylsma s austere interpretation of Bach s 6 Suites for Cello back in the 80s I ve had a deep affection for this music I just checked my iTunes library I currently have 10 different versions of the complete set for cello plus one performed onuitar and another on viola da Running from Strangers gamba Ironically I don t have the set by Pablo Casals the engaging hero of Siblin s short account of this almost lost compositionI m not sure what I expected from this book It s the work of an amateur in the best sense Siblin is an established critic of pop music and he sometimes writes about Bach and Casals as if they were an obscure band he just discovered For me the uality of his commentary was wildly uneven sometimes a mere step aboveossip sometimes uite illuminating It s sincere to a fault But I m not sure how much I can blame him for me the music is mysterious full of secrets I can t fathom I wanted him to reveal something that s probably beyond the power of writing Maybe no one can as Robert Kapilow says in the title of his recent book All You Have To Do Is Listen But then Kapilow is superb at showing what you re listening toIn the end Siblin s book is enjoyable for its anecdotes and the sense of how lucky we are that this music survived at all If he relies on sweeping almost empty eneralizations I understand it s how one fan speaks to another The second suite will forever remain for me A Suite Of Tragedy suite of tragedy third love the fourth struggle and the fifth mystery The sixth is one of transcendenceFair enough A light biography of both Pablo Casals and JS Bach vaguely centered around Bach s Cello suites Siblin provides som. One autumn evening shortly after ending a ten year stint as a pop music columnist for the Montreal Gazette Eric Siblin attended a concert at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music There something unlikely happened he fell in love with a piece of classical music Bach's cello suites Part biography part music history and part literary mystery The Cello Suites weaves together three dramatic stories The first features Johann Seba.
the vast majority of the book concerns itself with the life of thesevast majority of the book concerns itself with the life of these figures While it wasn t the book I hoped for which would be a easily accessible jaunt through the musical theory that would explain why I love the Prelude for Suite 1 I enjoyed learning about Bach and Casals and their politicalsocial worlds Bach s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello have long been among my favorite pieces of music Eric Silbin s The Cello Suites tenderly tracks them through Bach s creation
Their Discovery By Pablo Casals And Todiscovery by Pablo Casals and to author s own exploration of the music and himselfI really liked this book Learned a lot to be sure about Bach Casals and these wonderful notes I found myself boring friends and family about implied harmony The book is structured in six chapters the suites of six sub chapters the movements each Within each chap This is a wonderful book Not definitive in any way but pleasurable as a ood If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai: A Conducted Tour of India guilty readBach s Cello Suites are perhaps the most intriguing pieces of music ever written Largely forgotten for almost two centuries incredibly found by the man who would become the world sreatest cellistEric Siblin a former pop music critic has written a Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects great book about the suites and their mysterious history It s also a mini biography of Bach and Pablo Casals the cellist who discovered them at the age of thirteen and was responsible for making them what they are to the world today which is simply one of the most divine pieces of music ever written Siblin breaks the book into chunks based on the order of the suites so six sections with six chapters each Each section usually starts with a description of the related prelude an interesting device to set the stage For example he ties the melancholy second suite to the death of Bach s first wife the romantic third to the meeting of his second wife The first few chapters of each section usually coveres Bach the next few Casals and then the last reserved to tie the pieces together through Siblin s search for the lost original manuscript of the suites something of a holyrail for musicologists as there is currently no version that has the composer s own instructions for performance which explains the wide disparity between interpretations and his emotional exploration of the suitesSiblin speaks credibly about the transcendence of the music using language that is not too overblown a common mistake in many books on music Though there are many mysteries about the Suites still left at the end of the book the thrust is still about the transforming power of music I have several recordings of the Suites and found it helpful to listen to them repeatedly as I read the book Not only did it shed a new light on the suites but also enhanced the reading of the book tying me to the journey Whether you like classical music or not check out the links to other enthusiastic reviews on my blog and I m sure you ll rush out and buy the book and music too See This is a highly readable and entertaining book about Bach s Cello Suites which covers Bach s biography that of the Bach s Cello Suites are sublime this book is not It s not a bad book by any means and I m lad I read it It tells the life stories of Bach and Casals in relation to the cello suites along with the story of the author s discovery of the Suites And Subseuent Research Into Them There Are Six Suites and subseuent research into them There are six suites made up of six movements so Siblin structured his book into six parts of six chapters each with the title of a suite and Stian Bach and the missing manuscript of his suites from the eighteenth century; the second is that of Pablo Casals and his incredible discovery of the manuscript in Spain in the early twentieth century; and the third is Eric Siblin's own infatuation with the suites in the twenty first centuryThis love affair leads Siblin to the back streets of Barcelona a Belgian mansion and a bombed out German palace; to interviews with