Birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach | Naming the Days


Johann Sebastian Bach, born this present day in 1685 right into a household of gifted musicians, was a German composer, organist, and musical scholar of the late-Baroque interval. His works, edifying of their grandeur, have earned him respect as one of many best composers in historical past.

His distinctive talent as an organist was acknowledged in his time, however he was not totally acknowledged for his composing till the primary half of the nineteenth century. His huge repertoire contains the six Brandenburg Concerti written for Prince Ludwig of Brandenburg, The Goldberg Variations, The Effectively-Tempered Clavichord (collections of preludes and fugues), greater than 300 cantatas of which “Jesu, Pleasure of Man’s Wanting” is probably greatest identified, and The St. Matthew Ardour.

Dr. Albert Schweitzer, organist of renown himself, stated that “music is an act of worship with Bach. … Any room turns into a church through which his sacred works are carried out and listened to with devotion. … If the director and the performer don’t really feel themselves in a consecrated temper, they can’t talk such a temper to the hearer; one thing chilly will settle upon the music and deprive it of its greatest energy.”


“To the glory of essentially the most excessive God, and that my neighbor could also be benefited thereby.”
— Epigraph to the Orgelbuechlein, cited from Carl Hermann Bitter in Johann Sebastian Bach, translation by Rush Rhees

“I feel that if I have been required to spend the remainder of my life on a desert island, and to take heed to or play the music of anybody composer throughout all that point, that composer would nearly definitely be Bach. I actually cannot consider another music which is so all-encompassing, which strikes me so deeply and so persistently, and which, to make use of a fairly imprecise phrase, is efficacious past all of its talent and brilliance for one thing extra significant than that -– its humanity.”
— Glenn Gould in Gramophone

“I might vote for Bach, all of Bach, streamed out into house, over and over. We might be bragging after all.”
— Lewis Thomas in The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher, on what message to ship to an extraterrestrial civilization

Religious Practices

Of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude in G Main, cellist Christopher Costanza writes, “All through this inviting motion … we expertise all kinds of moods and feelings as we encounter dissonances and resolutions, melodic shapes, sudden harmonic progressions, and ingenious implied 3-voice writing.” Discover your temper earlier than you take heed to the piece, after which give the music your full consciousness. Does passing by way of this number of moods and the sudden progressions lead your temper by way of adjustments, too?

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