Something of his Art

Horatio Clare


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Little Toller Books
1 November 2019
ISBN: 9781908213778
112 pages

From the publisher

Clare’s pilgrimage has a vigour, curiosity and vivid emotional range that engagingly summons the spirit of Johann Sebastian.’ Jane Shilling, Evening Standard

‘What Horatio Clare demonstrates, beyond even his undoubted gifts as a writer, is his basic humanity.’ Philip Hoare

Something of his Art is Horatio Clare’s recreation of the long walk that J. S. Bach took in the depths of winter in 1705 – his long walk to Lübeck across northern Germany, and visualising the light, landscape and wildlife the young, and as yet unknown composer would have seen. Something of his Art, is an imaginative evocation of what the twenty-year-old composer would have seen and felt on his long journey, a sustained visualisation of the landscape, light and wildlife of early eighteenth century Germany. Bach becomes Clare’s walking companion, a vestigial, but real presence as he acutely observes the season and places he passes through.