The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, And The Search For A Baroque Masterpiece

by Eric Siblin

House Of Anansi Press Inc | March 21, 2010 | Trade Paperback

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One autumn evening, shortly after ending a ten-year stint as a pop-music columnist for the Montreal Gazette, Eric Siblin attended a concert at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music. There, something unlikely happened: he fell in love with a piece of classical music -- Bach's cello suites. Part biography, part music history, and part literary mystery, The Cello Suites weaves together three dramatic stories: The first features Johann Sebastian Bach and the missing manuscript of his suites from the eighteenth century; the second is that of Pablo Casals and his incredible discovery of the manuscript in Spain in the early twentieth century; and the third is Eric Siblin's own infatuation with the suites in the twenty-first century.

This love affair leads Siblin to the back streets of Barcelona, a Belgian mansion, and a bombed out German palace; to interviews with cellists Mischa Maisky, Anner Bylsma, and Pieter Wispelwey; to archives, festivals, conferences, and cemeteries; and even to cello lessons -- all in pursuit of answers to the mysteries that continue to haunt this piece of music more than 250 years after its composer's death.

The Cello Suites is an incomparable, beautifully written, true-life journey of passion, imagination, and discovery, fuelled by the transcendent power of a musical masterpiece.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 328 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.77 in

Published: March 21, 2010

Publisher: House Of Anansi Press Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 088784958X

ISBN - 13: 9780887849589

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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

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 328 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.77 in

Published: March 21, 2010

Publisher: House Of Anansi Press Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 088784958X

ISBN - 13: 9780887849589

From the Publisher

One autumn evening, shortly after ending a ten-year stint as a pop-music columnist for the Montreal Gazette, Eric Siblin attended a concert at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music. There, something unlikely happened: he fell in love with a piece of classical music -- Bach's cello suites. Part biography, part music history, and part literary mystery, The Cello Suites weaves together three dramatic stories: The first features Johann Sebastian Bach and the missing manuscript of his suites from the eighteenth century; the second is that of Pablo Casals and his incredible discovery of the manuscript in Spain in the early twentieth century; and the third is Eric Siblin's own infatuation with the suites in the twenty-first century.

This love affair leads Siblin to the back streets of Barcelona, a Belgian mansion, and a bombed out German palace; to interviews with cellists Mischa Maisky, Anner Bylsma, and Pieter Wispelwey; to archives, festivals, conferences, and cemeteries; and even to cello lessons -- all in pursuit of answers to the mysteries that continue to haunt this piece of music more than 250 years after its composer's death.

The Cello Suites is an incomparable, beautifully written, true-life journey of passion, imagination, and discovery, fuelled by the transcendent power of a musical masterpiece.

From the Jacket

One autumn evening, shortly after ending a ten-year stint as a pop-music columnist for the Montreal Gazette, Eric Siblin attended a concert at <_st13a_city _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. There, something unlikely happened: he fell in love with a piece of classical music — Bach’s cello suites. <_o3a_p>

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Part biography, part music history, and part literary mystery, The Cello Suites weaves together three dramatic stories: The first features Johann Sebastian Bach and the missing manuscript of his suites from the eighteenth century; the second is that of Pablo Casals and his incredible discovery of the manuscript in Spain in the early twentieth century; and the third is Eric Siblin’s own infatuation with the suites in the twenty-first century. This love affair leads Siblin to the back streets of Barcelona, a Belgian mansion, and a bombed out German palace; to interviews with cellists Mischa Maisky, Anner Bylsma, and Pieter Wispelwey; to archives, festivals, conferences, and cemeteries; and even to cello lessons — all in pursuit of answers to the mysteries that continue to haunt this piece of music more than 250 years after its composer’s death.<_o3a_p>

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The Cello Suites is an incomparable, beautifully written, true-life journey of passion, imagination, and discovery, fuelled by the transcendent power of a musical masterpiece.<_o3a_p>

About the Author

Eric Siblin is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker, and was the pop music critic at the Montreal Gazette. He made the transition to television in 2002 with the documentary Word Slingers, which explores the wacky subculture of competitive Scrabble tournaments. The film aired in Canada and the U.S. and won a Jury Award at the Yorkton Short Film &amp; Video Festival. He also co-directed the documentary In Search of Sleep: An Insomniac's Journey, which aired in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. The Cello Suites is his first book.

Editorial Reviews

"...a work of ever-percolating interest. Mr. Siblin winds up mixing high and low musical forms, art and political histories, Bach's and Casals's individual stories and matters of arcane musicology into a single inquisitive volume." - New York Times"...wade through and you will encounter a Bach who is not just a composing machine but a human being." - Guardian"[The Cello Suites is] a delightful whirlwind tour through two different ages of musical history...Siblin's research is remarkably comprehensive...and his prose is amiable, at times charming...As Siblin inevitably concludes, 'Every age reimagines Bach on its own terms.' We're lucky that we have a writer this skilful and creative to do the work." - Walrus"Compelling and fascinating. As an historian, Eric Siblin does a good job describing both Bach's life and Pablo Casals' discovery of the Suites; it's spine-tingling stuff. This is quirky nonfiction that the reader really learns something from. You immediately want to go out and learn some more." - Lynn Tompson, Bookseller"Eric Siblin's new book is at once a study of music, a work of history, and a passionate tribute...Meticulous in his research, Siblin makes convincing connections and offers possible answers to the questions surrounding the suites...If Siblin is correct that Bach is what you make of him, then The Cello Suites has made him, if possible, yet more legendary." - Quill & Quire"In Siblin's world, Bach and Casals have real, beating hearts; these are not the fusty
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