Bach: From Tragedy to Transcendence

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I am going to take you on a journey – Johann Sebastian Bach’s journey — and tell you, and show you with music and pictures and video, the preeminent, most profound saga and most grand legend, in the history of Western Culture itself.
   From Tragedy to Transcendence
The Six Suites for Cello Solo, By J. Sebastian Bach
— How the 36 pieces of the Six Suites for Cello Solo became the existential, archetypal and universal masterpiece of all time…
– How Johann Sebastian Bach, a poor, unappreciated and tormented orphan transformed himself into the greatest virtuoso of his time…
– How when he died, he was utterly unknown as a composer…
– How after he died his music disappeared, and how most of the music he composed is forever lost…
– How his music was resurrected by a teen-aged genius named Felix Mendelssohn…
– How the Cello Suites themselves were hidden and lost, until a thirteen year old kid, in a kind of cosmic accident of unfathomable serendipity, stumbled upon the score — music as clear, perfected, moving and pure as any human creation could ever be — and how he made it his mission to reveal it to the world…
– How the Suites express the deepest spiritual and metaphysical truths…
-And how it became my own destiny to transform these treasures into guitar pieces, and to tell this saga to the world. – Steven Hancoff

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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

Hancoff’s words…against a visual backdrop of musical notation and art inspired by Bach makes for a multimedia experience of such emotional intensity that you will be happy that the room is darkened while you wrestle with transcendent emotions of tears, joy and awe. The experience will be even more intense if you are with the love of your life while you imagine the immensity of Bach’s loss – a loss that, being mortal, we must all face in the end. Samuel T. Swansen, President – Global Bach Community

His thoughts are always interesting, and his playing of the music itself is glorious. Four stars **** Jeremy Pound – BBC Music-Mag