The book is absolutely first class: Very learned yet imaginative and totally approachable. So much to learn from it, and so much to admire.
Congratulations. I have already recommended it to several keyboard players.
Sir Roger Norrington
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Bach: the ultimate master of Baroque keyboard music. Bach, who consciously strove to leave to posterity unsurpassed examples of keyboard music, in all the genres which the Baroque knew.
Bach and his Baroque contemporaries used the language of notation in a way often very different from the more highly developed notation used today. This can present problems to modern players of Bachs music, but also may open surprising opportunities for flexibility, freedom, and the rewards of personal expression.
Did Bach Really Mean That? both elucidates many of
those problems, and also reveals where those
opportunities may be found, beneath the surface of
the score. It is an entertaining and practical
guide not a dry work of scholarship.
Scholarship is its basis, certainly, but the aim
is to help those who play Baroque music, to a
deeper understanding and enjoyment of the music
itself, by entering the mindset of the composers
who wrote it, and exploring systematically what
their notation may really have meant.
Early keyboard specialist Colin Booth is internationally known as a recitalist, continuo player and teacher