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 presented within a 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 Bach's 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 non-musical history buff, this book is meant to be entertaining, moving, and surprising.

The Little Bach Book


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR (the links below lead to David's Spiritsound website)

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 nearly three decades he has been performer, lecturer, and member of the Artistic Leadership Team at the Carmel Bach Festival.

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 b& w illustrations
Appendix, maps, source material and reading suggestions
Retail price: $20.00       ISBN: 9780692878415
Published July 1, 2017 by Lucky Valley Press, Jacksonville OR
Wholesale Orders: Ingram Content Group
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