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Friday, January 14, 2005

Guardian Unlimited: The art of feud 

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Via the Guardian this morning comes an article by James Gaines (drawn from his forthcoming book Evening in the Palace of Reason). I talk quite a lot here about the supplanting of dry academic analysis with something more subjective, more interesting, more appropriate to music, and this piece is a prime example. Gaines has built upon the dry analyses that have illustrated the complexity of Bach's Musical Offering, placed their findings into a full historical context, and presented a reading of the work that is exciting, readable, and might (heaven forefend!) make you want to go and listen to the music all again. This is great stuff, and I take great pleasure in seeing it in the pages of a daily newspaper. Can we have more of it, please?

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