Happy Birthday, Johann Sebastian Bach, Baroque Organist and Com...
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#1 Mar 20, 2010
This man was an absolute genius. No before or sense has come close to this mans incredible mind. To hear his music has been the joy of my life. Happy Birthday Johann
#2 Mar 21, 2010
James Gaines says it wonderfully in "Evening in the Palace of Reason: Back Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment" by James R. Gaines
A work that may be read as a kind of last will and testament, Bachs Music Offering leaves us, among other things, a compelling case for the following proposition: that a world without a sense of the transcendent and mysterious, a universe intimately discoverable through reason alone, can only be a barren place; and that the music sounding forth from such a world might be very pretty, but it can never be beautiful.
#3 Mar 21, 2010
btw, it's not *really* Bach's anniversary today. Although the day he was born was known as "21st March", that's because Saxe-Eisenach, like England, was still using the Julian calendar. The day he was born was known in the Gregorian calendar as 31st March. We use the Gregorian calendar today, so the day that falls on the anniversary of Bach's birth is the day we call 31st March. A good excuse to celebrate again in 10 days' time!
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