Philip Kennicott - Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning — in conversation with Martha Anne Toll

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Monday, February 24, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

During and after his mother’s death, Kennicott, The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning art and architecture critic, turned to Bach for the solace he couldn’t find anywhere else, first listening exclusively to Bach’s works, and then, over the course of five years, struggling to master both the Goldberg Variations and his complicated grief. In his profound and moving memoir, he combines his personal experience with his professional expertise to explore questions about the role of art in a life. Focusing closely on one complex work, Kennicott asks both what it means to know a piece of music and what it means to know a person.


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ISBN: 9780393635362
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 18th, 2020

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