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Counterpoint : a memoir of Bach and mourning / Philip Kennicott.

Kennicott, Philip, (author.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Easton Public Library System.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System. (Show)

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1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Easton Main Library KENNICOTT (NEWEST) (Text) 31901004424877 New Adult Biography Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780393635362
  • ISBN: 0393635368
  • Physical Description: 244 pages: 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2020.

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Summary, etc.:
"A Pulitzer Prize- winning critic reflects on the meaning and emotional impact of a Bach masterwork. As his mother was dying, Philip Kennicott began listening to the music of Bach obsessively, and spent the next five years trying to learn one of the composer's greatest keyboard masterpieces, the Goldberg Variations. In Counterpoint, he recounts his efforts to rise to the challenge, and to fight through his grief by coming to terms with memories of a difficult, complicated childhood. He describes the joys of mastering some of the pieces, the frustrations that plague his understanding of others, the technical challenges they pose, and the surpassing beauty of the melodies, harmonies, and counterpoint that distinguish them. While exploring Bach's compositions, he sketches a cultural history of playing the piano in the twentieth century. And he raises two questions that become increasingly interrelated, not unlike a contrapuntal passage in one of the variations itself: What does it mean to know a piece of music? What does it mean to know another human being?"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750 > Appreciation.
Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750. Goldberg-Variationen.
Kennicott, Philip.

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