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Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment

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In one corner, a godless young warrior, Voltaire's heralded 'philosopher-king', the It Boy of the Enlightenment. In the other, a devout if bad ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.667
NachoR

Interesting, and amusing

by NachoR on Apr 8, 2010

It's a very interesting book, with many information about both people, and well written, so that it becomes a pleasure to read... More

ghmus7

Brilliant and Rich

by ghmus7 on Jan 2, 2008

I was sceptical of this book at first, but very pleasantly surprised by it. Gaines's strength as a writer is his historical survey of enlightenment philosophy and culture. He is one of those rare writers who is able to make philisophical ideas come alive for the reader - a rare talent indeed. He is ... More

Kaoru

One of the best books I've read in years!

by Kaoru on Apr 11, 2007

Despite its curious and daunting title, this book -- written by the former managing editor of Time -- is eminently readable, scholarly, and fascinating. The book is about the meeting between two great figures -- the Baroque composer J. S. Bach in the last years of his life, and the powerful Enlightenment ... More

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