The Little Bach Book

During the three decades that J.S. Bach lived in Leipzig, what did the city's residents eat, drink, and wear, how did they bathe and cook? What fuels heated and illuminated their homes? How many weekly church services were there in Leipzig in 1727, and how many taverns?

The Little Bach Book

There are countless books about Bach and his music, but until now no book has described the details of daily life in Leipzig when Bach lived there.

After four decades of singing Bach's music and lecturing to concert audiences about Bach, distinguished American tenor David Gordon has compiled this personal assortment of historical anecdotes, scholarly explanations, vintage illustrations, time lines, bits of pathos, gritty vignettes of everyday life, and colorful glimpses of Bach and the world around him.

The Little Bach Book is a richly-illustrated down-to-earth look at Bach's life and times. It's a 150-page collection of vignettes of Bach's life as a salaried professional musician within the broad context of middle-class daily life in Germany in the early 1700s. The book does not discuss or analyze Bach's music, and no knowledge of music is needed to enjoy all the contents.

For the newcomer to Bach, for the experienced Bach aficionado, and for the general history buff, this book is meant to be entertaining, moving, and surprising.

The Little Bach Book by David Gordon

150 pages, softbound, 6x9 inches
85 vintage illustrations plus maps,
timelines, bibliography, recipes

Retail price: $20.00

ISBN: 9780692878415


1. Your nearest bookstore.

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3. Order online from the publisher
     (signed by the author on the title page)


(The links below lead to pages on David's website)

Described by the Washington Post as "a model of style and charm, and an irresistible performer," tenor David Gordon has forged a international classical music career as singer, author, lecturer, teacher, and recording artist.

David Gordon

David is particularly known for his vivid performances of the music of J. S. Bach on recordings and in hundreds of concerts throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. The Chicago Tribune described him as “one of the world's great Bach tenors” and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called him “one of the great interpreters of the Evangelist of our time.”   For more than three decades he served as performer, lecturer, Dramaturge and member of the Artistic Leadership of the Carmel Bach Festival in California.

In a wide range of other repertoire David has appeared as tenor soloist with virtually every major North American symphony and opera company, and with prestigious orchestras, operas, and music festivals on four continents. He can be heard on 15 CDs for Decca, London, RCA, Telarc, and other major labels.

David lives with his wife, Ginna Gordon, in historic Jacksonville, Oregon, where he is deeply involved in 19th-century living history projects.


Another book by David Gordon...

Carmel Impresarios

The visionary California women
who brought music and harmony
to their community and the world

A four-year project covering a century of history, this is the definitive 2014 cultural biography of the two women who founded the Carmel Bach Festival and much more, and led the creation of Carmel, California as a hub of artistic trendiness in the early 20th Century. Its central chapters are a detailed history of music and theater in Carmel's early decades.

400 pages, 300 vintage illustrations, extensive appendix with reference material, chronologies, timelines, and bibliography.
Published June 2014 by Lucky Valley Press.

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