The remarkable story of the search to discover the truth about some of the greatest music ever written
One autumn evening, not long after ending a stint as a pop music critic, Eric Siblin attended a recital of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suites. There, something unlikely happened: he fell deeply in love with the music. So began a quest that would unravel three centuries of mystery, intrigue, history, politics, and passion.
Part biography, part music history, and part literary mystery, The Cello Suites
weaves together three dramatic narratives: the first features Bach and the missing manuscript of these mesmerisingly beautiful eighteenth-century pieces for solo cello; the next, the legendary cellist Pablo Casals and the historic discovery of the music in Spain in the late nineteenth century; and the last, Eric Siblin’s own infatuation with the suites in the twenty-first century.
This love affair leads Siblin to the back streets of Barcelona and a Belgian mansion; to interviews with world-renowned cellists; to archives, festivals, and conferences; and even to cello lessons – all in pursuit of answers to the mysteries that continue to haunt this music more than 250 years after its composer's death.
The Cello Suites
is a lovingly written, true-life journey of discovery, fuelled by the transcendent power of a musical masterpiece.Author Profile
Eric Siblin is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker, and was the pop music critic at the Montreal Gazette
. The Cello Suites
is his first book.
One of the most extraordinary, clever, beautiful, and impeccably researched books I have read in years,Insightful [and] engaging . . . Eric Siblin puts us in touch with the joy of discovering a new passion in life,If Siblin is correct that 'Bach is what you make of him,' then The Cello Suites
has made him, if possible, yet more legendary