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Reinventing Bach
Reinventing Bach | Paul Elie
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The story of a revolution in music and technology, told through a century of recordings of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach In Reinventing Bach, his remarkable second book, Paul Elie tells the electrifying story of how musicians of genius have made Bach's music new in our time, at once restoring Bach as a universally revered composer and revolutionizing the ways that music figures into our lives. As a musician in eighteenth-century Germany, Bach was on the technological frontierrestoring organs, inventing instruments, and perfecting the tuning system still in use today. Two centuries later, pioneering musicians began to take advantage of breakthroughs in audio recording to make Bach's music the sound of modern transcendence. The sainted organist Albert Schweitzer played to a mobile recording unit set up at London's Church of All Hallows in order to spread Bach's organ works to the world beyond the churches. Pablo Casals, recording at Abbey Road Studios, made Bach's cello suites existentialism for the living room; Leopold Stokowski and Walt Disney, with Fantasia, made Bach the sound of children's playtime and Hollywood grandeur alike. Glenn Gould's Goldberg Variations opened and closed the LP era and made Bach the byword for postwar cool; and Yo-Yo Ma has brought Bach into the digital present, where computers and smartphones put the sound of Bach all around us. In this book we see these musicians and dozens of others searching, experimenting, and collaborating with one another in the service of Bach, who emerges as the very image of the spiritualized, technically savvy artist. Reinventing Bach is a gorgeously written story of music, invention, and human passionand a story with special relevance in our time, for it shows that great things can happen when high art meets new technology.
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Lynnsoprano
Reinventing Bach | Paul Elie
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#gratefulreads I have lots of books that fit today‘s prompt of #bookgiftedtoyou but this is one of my favorites. @Alisnazzy gave it to me for Christmas two years ago, and she made a terrific choice.

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OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 2w
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Reinventing Bach | Paul Elie
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Mehso-so

Didn‘t love it, didn‘t hate it. I may revisit it one day though.

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Lynnsoprano
Reinventing Bach | Paul Elie
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#VACATIONBOOTY There is no doubt that the best nonfiction I read in 2017 was this book, absolutely fascinating for this erstwhile music historian. It was a gift from @Ambrosnazzy so the picture is of her at the piano. I can say with confidence that she wasn‘t playing Bach, though 😄 Thanks, @Liberty for the giveaway.

Alisnazzy Ughhhh at how thin I look. But my piano technique looks 🔥🔥🔥🔥 lol 2y
Kaye Dear @Ambrosnazzy , Free to a good home : One butt cheek, well worn but still functional. If you can figure out a way to get it attached you will have plenty in the “behind” area. 2y
Lynnsoprano @Kaye I would donate some of my avoirdupois if I could 😄 2y
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Lynnsoprano
Reinventing Bach | Paul Elie
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I've taken this book slowly, in chunks, because there is so much here to read and digest. I'm sure this isn't for everyone, but if you are a music lover, this study of the history of recording, the place of Bach's music in that history, and their influence on each other is thought-provoking and insightful. Thank you, @Ambrosnazzy for such a perfect gift.

Bundoolin Have you read The Cello Suites by Eric Silbin? I'm a cellist and the book is a super interesting account on Bach and the mysteries of the cello suites, as well as the life of my favorite cellist Pablo Casals. If you like music another super interesting read! 2y
Lynnsoprano @Bundoolin Thanks for the recommendation! I'm a singer, but I played cello in high school and viola da gamba when I was in grad school studying music history. Sounds really interesting. This book includes a good bit about Casals and the cello suites, as well. 2y
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Lynnsoprano
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My book and my Kindle. Waiting room essentials.

RachelO This sounds fascinating! Hope hubs is ok. 2y
tpixie Hope you're not sopping wet! Hope the colonoscopy goes well! 🍀🍀🍀 2y
Laura317 Praying all goes and is well. 2y
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Cinfhen Good luck today! I think yesterday having to prepare was probably worse😖 2y
Lynnsoprano @Cinfhen It certainly was? @Laura317 @tpixie @RachelO Thanks. All is good except that he has a benign "carpet polyp" that has to be removed by a specialist and means that he will have to go through the prep again. He's not a happy camper at the moment. 2y
tpixie @Lynnsoprano sorry he's got to do it again. Glad it's benign and very thankful the doc knows his limitations and knows when to refer him on to the expert! 2y
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Lynnsoprano
Reinventing Bach | Paul Elie
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After an early morning doctor's appointment that included fasting blood work, a bagel, coffee, and my book were just what the doctor ordered. One of these days I'm going to finish this!

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Lynnsoprano
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"The music of Bach, he proposed, is classic in two common senses: it is work which is not time bound, which retains meaning for succeeding ages." As a music historian, I've always been conflicted about calling music that's not from the Classic period "classical." This is the first justification of the usage I've ever read that makes sense.

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Lynnsoprano
Reinventing Bach | Paul Elie
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#aprilbookshowers One of the benefits of being retired is that it's a lot easier to #dropeverythingandread. Of course, now I'm sure there are numerous Littens ready to throw things at me😂 I'm just trying to give you something to look forward to!!

mcipher SO jealous!!!! 😣 3y
Lmstraubie 😂😂😂 3y
RealLifeReading 😂😂 3y
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Lynnsoprano
Reinventing Bach | Paul Elie
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#17booklove One of my current reads definitely qualifies as #nonfictionlove. This is one that I am purposely reading slowly, to savor the beautiful writing and all the information. The author used Bach's music to investigate how music is performed, transformed, and transmitted in the age of recording. Fascinating. I could inundate you with quotes. My highlighter is getting a workout.

howjessreads Ooh, I bet my mom would love this one!! 3y
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Lynnsoprano
Reinventing Bach | Paul Elie
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After missing our weekly books and coffee for the last few weeks for various reasons, my husband and I enjoyed our morning out. However, here I am trying to be careful about what I eat, and he gets this amazing brownie😛 I did break down and have one bite, but that was all. Really!

MrBook Love this pic! 3y
melbeautyandbooks How could you resist?! Looks so yummy! 😋 3y
Lynnsoprano @MrBook Thanks! From the master of book and food photography, that means a lot @melbeautyandbooks It was not easy, and I am inordinately proud of myself 😂 3y
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Jinjer Weekly books & coffee! How nice! How did that come about? 3y
Lynnsoprano @Jinjer When my husband was retired but I was still working, one morning a week he'd go out for coffee and take his book. When I retired, we started doing it together. Sometimes we spend a morning at the library, then go out to lunch. 3y
kspenmoll Sounds lovely to have coffee & read together.😍 3y
Jinjer How very cool! 3y
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Lynnsoprano
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"If anything,the artist has a particular responsibility, because he has been granted special sensitivities and perceptions, and because his voice may be heard when other voices are not."
This book is so quotable. I can find one on just about every page.

Lynnsoprano Oops, sorry for the double post. I was posting in the doctor's office while waiting for my husband and got an error message that said "try again." Technology ? 3y
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Lynnsoprano
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"If anything,the artist has a particular responsibility, because he has been granted special sensitivities and perceptions, and because his voice may be heard when other voices are not."
This book is so quotable. I can find one on just about every page.

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Lynnsoprano
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The anniversary dinner is going to be tomorrow, since I've been told I'll likely be uncomfortable after this afternoon's sinus procedure. So we did our coffee and books morning today. This book started slowly, but it's getting really interesting, and I'm learning quite a bit, even being a music historian.

mklong Happy Anniversary!! ❤❤ 3y
Kimzey Happy anniversary! Hope your procedure goes well. 3y
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Lynnsoprano
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Took this along today for our weekly coffee and books. Beautifully written but so much to digest on each page. This is going to take a while.

Louise Oh, this sounds very interesting! To the TBR list it goes! 3y
Alisnazzy I see dad's still perusing my Torts textbook lol 3y
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Lynnsoprano
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When your daughter is also a Litten, you know a bookish gift will be under the tree. Since I love Baroque music, I'm fascinated by this book about Bach and his music that @Ambrosnazzy gave me. Can't wait to read this!