Bach FAQ 96

 

Which One Is the Best Biography About Johann Sebastian Bach?

 

The best biography about Johann Sebastian Bach? I ... - won't burn my fingers with a clear answer. That is what you haven't expected here, did you?

 

It really depends. Whether you want to be entertained, or whether you prefer it authentic, whether you prefer a very experienced and prominent biographer or you like the biography of the best living artist. It's whether you want to read the oldest biography from the year 1750 or the newest on today's book market.

 

The best biography about Johann Sebastian Bach? I ... - won't burn my fingers with a clear recommendation here and now. That is what you haven't expected here, have you?

 

It really depends. Whether you want to be entertained, or whether you prefer it authentic, whether you prefer a very experienced and prominent biographer or you like the biography of the best living artist. It's whether you want to read the oldest biography from the year 1750 or the newest on today's book market.

 

Almost every year on average more than one new biography about the Thomas Cantor shows up on the international market. Sure, most of the biographies are in German. However, not to leave you alone finally with your question above, I want to mention the biography of Christoph Wolff. Without any doubt today he is the most competent Bach scientist between the Harvard University in the United States and the University of Leipzig in Germany. What's exciting: he is German but he wrote his Bach biography in English and had it translated later into German - and that is, although Wolff's mother language is German. Wow.

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