Occasional musings about academia, research, travel, arts, and, most importantly, cycling.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
One Thing I Really Like about John Eliot Gardiner's New Biography of Bach
He dispels the inexplicably persistent myth of Bach as a purely intellectual composer, whose music was devoid of sentiment or romanticism. Gardiner's evidence comes mainly from Bach's cantatas. But I would defy anyone simply to listen to the second movement of Bach's Italian Concerto and then tell me that Bach was basically just a compositional computer.