As a choir member, I grew up singing all sorts of music from classical composers, such as Mozart, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Vivaldi and Strauss. One of my choirs even went to Washington National Cathedral to sing with other local choirs, which was a fantastic experience. The acoustics in the cathedral are amazing; nothing like hearing the sound of your voices and instruments thunder down the nave, echo, and fade into nothingness.
Bach was another popular composer chosen by my choir directors. The man had quite the ear for harmony, which made him easier to sight-read and enjoy.
So when a friend recently offered me the chance to read her husband’s book, On Deep Bachground, I was intrigued. On Deep Bachground is the story of Marcus Haines (Mark), a Department of State employee, herb farmer and Bach music lover. It’s set in the year 2000, and Mark sets off to Leipzig to listen to Bach’s music during a festival and visit family. Just a nice, peaceful vacation, listening to some of his favorite music and relaxing.
Mark’s trip is delayed and the Department of State notifies him that they want him to accomplish something in Leipzig, but they won’t tell him what until he gets there. In the airport at Frankfurt, there are three suspicious characters who seem overly interested in him, one of whom turns up dead later. Thieves break into his aunt’s house, he gets disturbing calls from people he doesn’t know, and there’s an explosion.
The plot builds from there, with a scary scene on the steep roof of the Thomaskirche (hey, I don’t want to give it all away and spoil the fun you’ll have reading it). Mark becomes involved with a girl, Leonore, who he once bumped into during a rain-soaked day on a previous visit to Germany.
The book, written by Dan S. Terrell, shows the author’s deep love for Leipzig and classical music, as well as his experience as a Foreign Service Officer. Whether you enjoy classical music, German culture and language, or a good mystery and romance, it’s a good read and I hope you’ll enjoy the book as much as I did. The book is available at Amazon in Kindle format or as a paperback, if you’d like to read it. (No pressure!) Enjoy.