The Little Bach Book

After decades of singing Bach's music and lecturing about Bach and his life in the early 1700s, David Gordon has compiled this personal assortment of historical anecdotes, scholarly explanations, vintage illustrations, time lines, bits of pathos, gritty vignettes of everyday life, and colorful glimpses of Bach and the world around him.

It's a 150-page collection of vignettes of Bach's life as a salaried professional musician within the broad context of middle-class daily life in Germany in the early 1700s.

During the three decades Bach lived in Leipzig, what did the city's residents eat, drink, and wear, how did they bathe and cook? What fuels heated and illuminated their homes? How many weekly church services were there in Leipzig in 1727, and how many taverns?

The Little Bach Book is a richly-illustrated down-to-earth look at Bach's life and times. It does not discuss or analyze his music, and no knowledge of music is needed to enjoy all the contents. For the newcomer to Bach, for the experienced Bach aficionado, and for the general history buff, this book is meant to be entertaining, moving, and surprising.

The Little Bach Book


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Described by the Washington Post as "a model of style and charm, and an irresistible performer," tenor David Gordon has forged a international classical music career as singer, author, lecturer, teacher, and recording artist.

David Gordon

David is particularly known for his vivid performances of the music of J. S. Bach on recordings and in hundreds of concerts throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. The Chicago Tribune described him as “one of the world's great Bach tenors and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called him “one of the great interpreters of the Evangelist of our time.”   For more than three decades he served as performer, lecturer, Dramaturge and member of the Artistic Leadership of the Carmel Bach Festival in California.

In a wide range of other repertoire David has appeared as tenor soloist with virtually every major North American symphony and opera company, and with prestigious orchestras, operas, and music festivals on four continents. He can be heard on 15 CDs for Decca, London, RCA, Telarc, and other major labels.

David lives with his wife, Ginna Gordon, in historic Jacksonville, Oregon, where he is deeply involved in 19th-century living history projects.

The Little Bach Book by David Gordon
150 pages, softbound, 6x9 inches, 85 vintage illustrations
Appendix, maps, source material and reading suggestions
Suggested retail price: $20.00       ISBN: 9780692878415
Published July 1, 2017 by Lucky Valley Press, Jacksonville OR
Wholesale distribution by Ingram
Information Sheet (pdf)
High Resolution PR Photos
All material © 2017 David Gordon


Another book by David Gordon...

Carmel Impresarios
The visionary California women who brought music and harmony
to their community and the world

A four-year project, this is David's definitive 2014 cultural biography of the two women who founded the Carmel Bach Festival and much more, and led the creation of Carmel, California as a hub of artistic trendiness in the early 20th Century. It is a detailed history of music and theater in Carmel's early days.

400 pages, 300 vintage illustrations, spans a century of history, extensive appendix with reference material, chronologies, timelines, and bibliography.
Published June 2014 by Lucky Valley Press.

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