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Johann Sebastian Bach

A Very Brief History

Andrew Gant

144 pages
SPCK Group

His name and his music are internationally known, but with only one verifiably authentic portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach, has history painted him as something that he’s not?

In this brief historical introduction, Andrew Gant explores the social, political and religious factors that shaped Bach’s life and work, and traces how his legacy went from a composer who nearly faded into obscurity to one of the most central figures of classical music today.

Travel back to the eighteenth century with this Very Brief History and discover the man behind the music.

Author Bio
Andrew Gant is a lecturer at St. Peter's College, University of Oxford. A church musician, author, singer and composer, he was the organist, choirmaster, and composer at Her Majesty's Chapel Royal from 2000 to 2013. He is the author of Christmas Carols: From Village Green to Church Choir (Profile Books, 2014), O Sing Unto the Lord: A History of English Church Music (Profile Books, 2015), Music: Ideas in Profile (Profile books, 2017) and a major study of Handel's 'Messiah' (Bodleian Press, forthcoming).