I enjoyed this short book very much. A spin-off from a BBC Radio 3 series, it recounts author Horatio Clare’s journey in the footsteps of Johann Sebastian Bach, who, early in his musical career, in 1705, walked over 250 miles from Arnstadt to Lübeck in order to see what he could learn from the veteran organist Dieterich Buxtehude.
The precise route taken by Bach is not known, nor are many of the other details of the journey, so much of what Clare describes is conjecture. But he manages to piece together an interesting and entertaining tale, in the process telling us quite a bit about Bach, and what his works mean to him.
My kind of book.
“…wonderfully droll, witty and entertaining… At their best Carter’s moorland walks and his meandering intellectual talk are part of a single, deeply coherent enterprise: a restless inquiry into the meaning of place and the nature of self.”
—Mark Cocker, author and naturalist
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