Author(s): James Gaines
Due early 2006. Price approx $35.
Includes PS Section In one corner, a godless young warrior, Voltaire's heralded 'philosopher-king', the It Boy of the Enlightenment. In the other, a devout if bad-tempered old composer of 'outdated' music, a scorned genius in his last years. The sparks from their brief conflict illuminate a turbulent age. The definitive, comprehensive study of an intriguing subject. Illuminates the encounter between Frederick the Great and Bach, which prompted the composition of 'A Musical Offering'.
'Gaines has a keen eye for colour, and enjoys himself greatly regaling us with anecdotes! Evening in the Palace of Reason is a wonderful work of popular history, intelligent, stylish, wryly witty, serious yet never solemn, and above all passionate in its celebration of a great composer' John Banville, Guardian 'An intriguing book.' Sunday Times 'The author presents us with a piece of theatre that is witty, instructive and often bizarre' Independent on Sunday. 'Gaines' style is readable, crisp and compelling. He is an excellent guide: informed, unpretentious and frank! A story told with wit, knowledge, the odd flight of fancy and love.' TLS
Jim Gaines was the first editor in chief of People magazine, as well as the editor of Time magazine. This is his first book. He lives in Paris with his family.