Presentation review: From Tragedy to Transcedence: The Creative World of J.S. Bach by Steven Hancoff

On November 28th, 2016 I had the pleasure of attending a presentation prepared by Steven Hancoff in Victoria, BC.

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The 1 1/2 hour presentation was narrated by Steven himself and was divided into 6 parts, each with a multi-media presentation.  The narration was both informative and interesting with doses of poetic prose and and dry humour throughout.   He took a subject that could have been dry and turned into a fascinating story about the life of J. S. Bach.  Hancoff is a talented public speaker and makes his audience feel at ease.  The background music of the multi-media portion of the presentation was Steven playing the acoustic guitar.  The innumerable pieces of artwork that accompanied the multi-media presentation were both interesting and varied as they dated from the time of Bach himself to the present.

He included a segment about Casals, the Spanish musician and his miraculous discovery of the six ’Cello Suites by Pablo Casals in a Barcelona thrift shop and why he studied them for twelve years before performing them in public.

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Bach, Casals and the Six Suites for ’Cello Solo invites readers and music lovers into a unique experience, contained in an immersive four-volume e-book from Steven Hancoff – a virtuoso musician’s restless, passionate, multimedia exploration of a musical masterpiece that only grows in stature almost three centuries after it was written.

Steven graciously played for us at the end of the presentation.

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The author’s books can be found on iTunes and CD Baby.

You can learn more about the author / muscian here:  

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You can subscribe to Steven’s YouTube channel to learn more about the life of J. Sebastian Bach in a series of 14 videos.

 

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