What are the best books about Bach?

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    #1Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician

    Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician

    Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician by Christoph Wolff is a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Biography. It's a landmark book that was revised in 2013 to include new knowledge discovered about famous composer Bach.

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    Vincent Porter
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is a good book about music, and a good biography as well. It gives some interesting information about the composer Bach."
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    #2Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven

    Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven

    Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by John Eliot Gardiner is a unique book about one of the greatest of all creative artists of all time. It takes readers deep into Bach's works and mind.

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    Amit Pawar
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "phenomenal listen! everything and more you need for classical music, in any high function gathering."
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    #3The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece

    The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece

    The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece by Eric Siblin is the story of the six suites composed by J.S. Bach in the early 1700s.

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    #4Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

    Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
    Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize. It's a metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll.
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    Grace Bishop
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I want a book and the best ones about Bach. I ran into Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. Its a winner of the pulitzer prize and a great read on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll. A great book for many different tastes."
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    #5Evening in the Palace of Reason

    Evening in the Palace of Reason

    Evening in the Palace of Reason by James R. Gaines is set at the tipping point between the ancient and modern world. It captures the turmoil of the 18th century in an extraordinary tale of two men.

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    Cynthia Ford
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This novel was super interesting. I never knew so much about Bach. I wonder how much of it is actually true?"
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    #6Bach: The Conflict Between the Sacred and the Secular

    Bach: The Conflict Between the Sacred and the Secular

    Bach: The Conflict Between the Sacred and the Secular by  Leo Schrade was first published in 1973. Is a new historical interpretation of Bach's music, letting readers discover something anew about the famous composer.

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    Richard Sanchez
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "If you are a fan of Bach, this book will let you rediscover his story like never before. For fans of Bach"
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    #7The Cambridge Companion to Bach

    The Cambridge Companion to Bach

    The Cambridge Companion to Bach by John Butt was first published in 1997. It went beyond the basic life-and-works study, providing a late 20th century perspective on Bach, both as a man and a composer.

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    Xiang Wang
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This book was very comprehensive and provided me with all the information I needed. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to learn more about this composer and his life."
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    #8The The Creative Development of Johann Sebastian Bach: Music to Delight the Spirit

    The The Creative Development of Johann Sebastian Bach: Music to Delight the Spirit

    The Creative Development of Johann Sebastian Bach: Music to Delight the Spirit by Richard D. P. Jones is the second of a two-volume study of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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    Eugene Brown
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I found it to be a great insight into Bach's creative process and composition methods. It gave me an even greater sense of respect for his works than I already had!"
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