The Bethlehem Bach Choir: A History and a Critical Compendium

The Bethlehem Bach Choir: A History and a Critical Compendium

The Bethlehem Bach Choir: A History and a Critical Compendium

The Bethlehem Bach Choir: A History and a Critical Compendium

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"It is to be said at the outset that this book is not the work of a musical critic, but of an editor and annalist."

By permission of my fellow-alumnus of Lehigh University, Dr. M. A. DeWolfe Howe, this statement is borrowed from his historical sketch of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, an admirable book to which the present volume owes much in other respects than this prefatory quotation.

This is an account of a choir that has gained distinction in American musical life. The exceptional historical background the Choir has had -- with all that this means in inspiration and stimulus -- is outlined. But there has been no minimizing of the early and present difficulties in maintaining the Bach Festivals. These singers of Bethlehem are not set apart by reason of talent or tradition or fortune. They are plain American citizens who have followed a leader in doing a work supremely worth while. Their success should be an encouragement to community . . .

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