Friday, March 21, 2014

Johann Sebastian Bach ~ ~ ~ March 21, 1685 ~ ~ ~ July 28, 1750

What can I say about Johann Sebastian Bach... that he was simply the greatest organist, composer... musician who ever lived? Possibly so. But it's curious to consider: several distinguished cultural historians have maintained that the most significant works of art are produced only at the forefront of new forms-- that it's the challenge of creating something new that is essential. For most artists that is probably true. But the example which disproves the rule is J.S. Bach. He was writing old fashioned fuddy-duddy musical forms, and was absolutely eclipsed by his fashionable sons in his own lifetime. What difference does form make if the results produce some of the most profound music of all time!

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