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The Cello Suites: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals,…

The Cello Suites: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque… (2009)

by Eric Siblin

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Siblin weaves together three dramatic narratives: Bach's composition of the Cello Suites and the manuscript's subsequent disappearance in the eighteenth century; Pablo Casals' historic discovery and popularization of the music in Spain in the late-nineteenth century; and Siblin's own infatuation with the suites at the dawn of the twenty-first century.… (more)
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A fascinating look at the Bach cello suites from 3 vantage points: Bach's life, cellist Pablo Casal's life, and the author's life. Provides a contemporary view of Bach's cello suites which I found positively delightful!
  ccatalfo | Oct 15, 2018 |
This book is partly a biography of Bach and Pablo Cassals, and partly a musical history. I really enjoyed the biographical aspects. The author was able to portray Bach and Cassals with depth and as more than brilliant musicians. I also enjoyed the story of the author's own discovery of the cello suites and his attempts to better understand them by taking cello lessons and joining a Bach choir.

Like others, I found the structure (which mirrors the cello suites) a bit forced at times -- it necessitated some repetition and was, at times, disjointed.

All in all, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would as I'm not a classical music fan. ( )
  LynnB | Jan 6, 2015 |
A little boring. ( )
1 vote mahallett | Apr 13, 2014 |
Utterly fascinating. I will be reading it again and again. ( )
  SunUp | Nov 10, 2013 |
The author presents the lives of J.S. Bach and Pablo Casals, as well as the progess of his own research regarding the Cello Suites, following the same structure as the suites. I had never heard the suites before reading the book, but I ran to the music store to buy a cd before I had finished reading it. It is informative and entertaining at the same time. A very good read for anyone who likes classical mucis. ( )
  Montarville | Feb 21, 2012 |
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To my parents, Herbert and Jacqueline Siblin
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The first measures unfold with the storytelling power of a master improviser.
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