The Reinvention of J.S. Bach

Photo: Sue Jaye Johnson

Photo: Sue Jaye Johnson


Author, editor and journalist Paul Elie argues that the music of Bach is with us today largely because of the work of five great musicians; organist and physician Albert Schweitzer, cellists Pablo Casals and Yo Yo Ma, pianist Glenn Gould, and conductor Leopold Stokowski

Elie weaves their stories together with the narrative of the great composer himself, to explore how Bach's fugues, suites and cantatas were reinvented again and again, on wax cylinders, in stereo recordings, on film and now in digital audio.

His book is called Reinventing Bach. He spoke to host Michael Enright from our New York Studio.
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