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Evening in the palace of reason : Bach meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment

Author: James R Gaines
Publisher: New York, NY : Fourth Estate, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Tells the story of the history-making meeting between scorned master composer Johann Sebastian Bach and Prussia's Frederick the Great.
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Named Person: Johann Sebastian Bach; Frederick, King of Prussia; Johann Sebastian Bach; Frederick, King of Prussia
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James R Gaines
ISBN: 0007156588 9780007156580
OCLC Number: 57764849
Description: 336 pages : illustrations, map, music ; 21 cm
Contents: Theme for a pas de deux --
Biography of a temperament --
The Hohenzollern real estate company --
A small, unready alchemist --
Giants, spies, and the lash: life with "Fatty" --
The sharp edges of genius --
Witness to an execution --
Song of the endlessly orbiting spheres --
A changeling among the swans --
The artist in a paint-by-numbers world --
War and peace and a mechanical duck --
The night of a musical offering --
Afterlives: an epilogue.
Responsibility: James R. Gaines.

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Tells the story of the history-making meeting between scorned master composer Johann Sebastian Bach and Prussia's Frederick the Great.

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J.S. Bach and Frederick the Great, what's not to like?

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2014-10-12) Very Good Permalink

The central event of this book is an evening when Frederick the Great hosted J.S. Bach. This text succeeds as a readable, popular text that discusses weighty topics. Bach stands for the orderly, God-centered universe of mathematics and music. Frederick stands for the empirically-driven, secularly...
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