Earth and Heaven, listen

the life and music of J.S. Bach

If indeed I have a favourite among my books, it would be the one on Johann Sebastian Bach. Devoting a good deal of time to immerse yourself in the life and music of this colossal composer and enigmatic person, attempting to find out how the two hang together, is a privilege marred only by realising the fact, sadly proven modern musicology, that more than a third of Bachs output has been devoured by the tooth of time. To consider him the greatest composer ever is meaningless, but for me he is the ultimate composer. I remember asking the composer Morton Feldman if he would say some words on Schubert. And he said: "Yes. SCHUBERT! That's all there is say ...

Gyldendal 2014, 296 pages