Bach: the other story
Author Bert Natter is a great lover of Bach. He wrote a thick novel about his most famous pupil, Goldberg (2015, shortlisted for the ECI Literature Prize) and created the popular podcast Bach to the bone. In a series of three lectures, he tries to find out what kind of man the greatest composer of all time was, how his reputation grew and what happened to his remains.
Bach as a family man
The general image of Bach is that of a sober, serious, modest and pious man, who put his life at the service of the Lord. Bert Natter researched the sources and finds that the image we have of the creator of the immortal St. Matthew Passion needs to be adjusted. Was Johann Sebastian Bach not rather an exuberant, playful, ambitious and Burgundian family man?
The greatest composer of all time?
From the most famous composers to the best musicologists to Radio 4 listeners, everyone agrees that Bach is the greatest composer of all time. But what makes him so unique? Bert Natter tries to uncover Bach's genius and to show that he was a child of his time.
Bach to the bone
Every year, tens of thousands of believers and music lovers visit Leipzig. There they shuffle past Bach's grave in the Thomaskirche in silent admiration. Bert Natter discovered that it is highly questionable whether Bach's mortal remains actually rest there. The story of Bach's bones is as amusing as it is incredible.