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If you are a novice to "classical" music and wondering if you should give it a try, this is the place to start. Johann Sebastian Bach, a deeply religious German of the 18th century, is without question the great foundational - and still one of the most popular - composers of all time. Narrated by John Ringham and filled with helpful and inspiring recorded clips of Bach’s works, this audiobook comes in at under an hour and introduces the listener to the key events and compositions of Bach’s life. If you stumbled upon this listing and have no interest in classical music, listen to Bach’s "Air on a G String" and the "The Well-Tempered Clavier" and reconsider.

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Johann Sebastian Bach has been called the father of Western music; precise andincredibly prolific, his works fill 52 volumes. He was an obstinate but nevertheless modest man and the outstanding tributes paid to his work more than a 100 years after his burial in an unmarked grave, would have probably amused him. This programme traces the development of his life and work and is copiously illustrated with examples of his music.
©1977 David Allen (P)1977 Ivan & Inge Berg

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  • David
  • 20-09-07

OK, wish it had more...

It was OK. I couldn't find much on Bach in audio. This was about the only thing. There were some interesting little stories of Bach's life. But, it certainly was a quick high level sweep. The alternation of music and narrative gave it a flavor for the period. Audio quality of the music was not high, but I was listening through a car adapter.