The Cello Suites: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece

The Cello Suites: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece

Eric Siblin


One night, journalist Eric Siblin attended a recital of Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suites and commenced an epic quest that might get to the bottom of 3 centuries of intrigue, politics, and fervour. Winner of the Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfiction and the McAuslan First booklet Prize, The Cello Suites weaves jointly 3 dramatic narratives: the disappearance of Bach's manuscript within the eighteenth century; Pablo Casals's discovery and popularization of the tune in Spain within the late-nineteenth century; and Siblin's infatuation with the suites right this moment. the hunt led Siblin to Barcelona, the place Casals, simply 13 and in ownership of his first cello, roamed the backstreets along with his father looking for sheet track and located Bach's misplaced suites tucked in a dismal nook of a shop. Casals performed them each day for twelve years ahead of eventually appearing them in public. Siblin pursues the mysteries that proceed to hang-out this song greater than 250 years after its composer's dying: Why did Bach compose the suites for the cello, then thought of a lowly tool? What occurred to the unique manuscript? a unbroken combination of biography and track heritage, The Cello Suites is a true-life trip of discovery, fueled via the facility of those musical masterpieces.

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