It is not a children's book and it's not a biography for children about the life of the Thomas Cantor Johann Sebastian Bach. This work is the – by far – most exciting book about this subject – after my personal opinion. You can not purchase it anymore in German, however you can in English. As the publishing house in the Bach mission does not offer this book, it's no advertisement. You have to order it on your own. Get to the perfect place on Amazon.com here. And yes, here's a pic of the German counterpart. I have no English pic and I would never ever steal it on the internet.
In the beginning there was my interest in the subject of Bach. Next I had an idea. Later after much, much reading. And quickly you get an imagination, how you could write about a theme excitingly plus – let's say – very, very detailed and factual, too. Because there are already 7,000 Bach biographies on the planet, the planet needs no next new biography ... written by me. To write a biography about Bach which beats all, which you can purchase today ... is practically impossible. Plus not accomplishable without a really huge expertise. However on the internet: There wasn't something like that. Plus – mentioned aside – there was not yet an exciting Bach biography for children.
Today you can still purchase the most detailed work about Johann Sebastian Bach. It's the historic biography of Philipp Spitta. In its longest version it's two thick volumes. However, like I mentioned, it's not the most exciting.
Of course I have to mention the most well-known nowadays Bach biography, which is written by Bach expert and Bach scientist, Harvard professor and Dr. Dr. Christoph Wolff. No question, it's the most detailed modern and actual Bach biography, you can possibly buy. However ... you know I am an entertaining guy: It's really not my favourite biography. To be frank with you: I started to read ist three times and I gave up really, really soon.
First of all: You can order this biography in English! The biography of Klaus Eidam makes reading, like it's a crossing from a crime thriller and a text of a conspiracy theory. This writer has wonderfully taken colleagues for a ride, he pretends that this biographer just copied, argues against the expertise of another writer. No page of this book is boring. While I personally "eked out the hard way" many a book regarding Johann Sebastian Bach, the book of Klaus Eidam impressed me much.
The biography about Johann Sebastian Bach by Klaus Eidam is different. I read it four times from the beginning to the very end. His expertise is always supported by an exciting line of argument. He doesn't just pretend things, he lights them up. That is, what it makes exciting.
I do believe, that some subjects particularly depend on the fact, whether what you read, is fun or even much fun. Or, alternatively, whether you have to work really tough through it. Or whether you are excited for it – or whether you realize, you don't like it.
That is why I thought, that I make a suggestion right at the perfect moment, when a child or a teen is interested in that artist, how to learn more about him. That is to say with exactly three biographies, which are perfect to the point to read more about the composer. That is first the biography for children – however you are way to old for this proposal – next is the short biography suggestions in different lengths. Plus it's finally the biography as a book for your age range. It's already a real Bach biography – a Bach biography for grownups – however it's written so exciting and different compared to all common, detailed – and sometimes too long biographies or too specific ones.
So ... it's how I believe it might work.
There are some 54,000 publications related to the subject of Johann Sebastian Bach. Yo Tomita, a professor at the University of Dublin, has collected them all. Plus there is a Bach book for children here and there. 7,000 books of the 54,000 publications are biographies. If you grab the wrong book about shortly after you began your interest for Johann Sebastian Bach, your fun has gone in no time.
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