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Was Bach a teenage bully?

Posted at 9:56 AM on September 23, 2013 by Brett Baldwin
Filed under: Johann Sebastian Bach

New research indicates that one of the greatest composers of all time may have a life story that's been cleaned-up to preserve the image created by his pristine works.

Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner has been digging into the records... and the results are jaw-dropping.

Archival sources, including school inspector reports, reveal that Bach's education was troubled by gang warfare and bullying, sadism and sodomy - as well as his own extensive truancy.

Find the full story in The Guardian

Gardiner's findings will be published in the UK on October 3 (stateside Oct. 29) in the book Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach.

(h/t Suzanne Schaffer, Performance Today producer)