J.S. Bach and his family lived in Leipzig from 1723 to 1750.

• Leipzig was a thriving city with a population of 30,000.

• What did the residents eat, drink, and wear?

• How did they bathe and cook back then?

• What fuels heated and illuminated their homes?

• How many weekly church services were there?

• And how many taverns?

The Little Bach Book

This richly illustrated description of daily life in Leipzig, Germany in the 1730s is the only book about J.S. Bach that presents colorful vignettes of his career within a detailed context of the even more colorful everyday world around him. Written by a master storyteller and acclaimed Bach performer.

After four decades of singing Bach's music around the world 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 150-page collection of vignettes of Bach's life as a salaried musician within the 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. The focus is on history and real life.

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.


 1. Shop locally. Get the book from your nearest bookstore.

 2. Of course it's available online worldwide in all the usual places.

 3. Order direct from the publisher. (US shipping addresses only)
    Signed by the author on the title page. $20 including postage.

The Little Bach Book by David Gordon

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

Retail: $20.00   ISBN: 978-0-6928-7841-5


(The links below lead to pages on David Gordon's website www.spiritsound.com)

Described by the Washington Post as "a model of style and charm, and an irresistible performer," tenor David Gordon has forged an 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 in North America, Europe, and Japan. The Chicago Tribune described him as “one of the world's great Bach tenors” and in 2017 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called him “one of the great interpreters of the Evangelist of our time.” For more than three decades David was a popular and central figure at the Carmel Bach Festival in California, where he served as tenor soloist, lecturer, Dramaturge, Master Class Director, and member of the artistic leadership.

In a wide range of 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.


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