A review by cjdavey
Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment by James R. Gaines
Beautifully written - a clear, accessible and detailed biography of a single piece of music. Gaines' reverence for Bach sometimes borders on sycophancy: were it not for the fact that it's Bach, it probably would have crossed that line several times. It's not cutting-edge musicology, but an extremely readable insight into a true act of genius.