THE TWENTY CHILDREN OF JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH by David Arkin

THE TWENTY CHILDREN OF JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The image of a home-grown orchestra and chorus, projected on the cover, is an intriguing introduction to Bach as composer and performer, but the promise of the approach is muffled by the awkwardness and even ugliness of the illustrations in what is essentially a picture book. Very briefly, it follows Bach's career from his second marriage to the success of his offspring and his own contented old age, with particular attention to his troubles as a teacher and to the satisfaction he had in composing for and playing with his family. The drawings, in a greige wash, are sometimes crowded and often stiff: figures are rigid and truncated, faces are waxen. Unfortunately, more mummery than merriment.

Pub Date: July 8th, 1968
Publisher: Ward Ritchie-Golden Gate