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Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment
by James R. Gaines

Recommendation by Jacob-Ivan Eidt, Chair of the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures, Associate Professor of German

In 1747 a most remarkable meeting took place between the “enlightened despot” Fredrick the Great of Prussia and the composer Johann Sebastian Bach.  This book is not just about that meeting, but also about the encounter of two different ages and their approaches to art:  anthropocentric Enlightenment on the one hand and art for the greater glory of God on the other.  James R. Gaines takes us behind the scenes of this historic meeting of two of the most fascinating personages of 18th century Germany.  The result was Bach’s late masterpiece “The Musical Offering”.