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Bach helped me survive Bergen-Belsen

25 May 2019

9:00 AM

25 May 2019

9:00 AM

One of the great joys of the 18th-century novella La petite maison is the way Jean-François de Bastide matches the proportions and shape of the book to the architecture of the exquisite country house at the story’s heart. Zuzana Ružicková, the outstanding Czech harpsichordist who died in 2017 while working with Wendy Holden on this touching memoir, analyses Bach, a composer she more or less made her own in the second half of the 20th century,  in very similar terms:

I have a tectonic rather than a visual memory, and as the melodies begin to build, in my mind I imagine...

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