Happy Birthday, Johann Sebastian Bach

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Happy Birthday, Johann Sebastian Bach

Post by MaestroDJS » Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:44 am

Today is the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). I love to explore the wealth of great music by a myriad of composers, but Bach stands out as one of the very greatest artists that humanity has ever produced. Here is my favorite quote about Bach's place on our planet:

Consider biologist Lewis Thomas's opinion about the contents of the disc that was to be placed on the 1977 Voyager spacecraft before launching it on its long journey into the cosmos. Carl Sagan had asked Thomas for his suggestions about music which would represent the human race at its very finest. Thomas replied: "I would send the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach." Then he paused and added: "But that would be boasting."
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Post by ch1525 » Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:59 am

Happy Birthday, J.S.!

That's a great quote from Thomas! Thanks for that, Dave.

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Post by karlhenning » Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:06 am

Hey, Dave!
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Post by Marc » Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:29 pm

Vocal works, keyboard music, organ music, chamber music, orchestral music, whatever .... JS Bach is already 30 years my favourite composer. It all began with his Passions .... and I still haven't 'discovered' all the rest. It will probably take a lifetime.

Bach's Musick ist die allerbeste Musick!

BTW: do not forget Modest Mussorgsky! Hadn't it been for his drinking habits, he would have reached the age of 168 today!

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Post by karlhenning » Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:44 pm

Ah! Modest Petrovich!
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Post by James » Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:45 pm

JS Bach is the greatest composer in my books too, no one comes close to the timeless perfection he so often achieved. He's untouchable.

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Post by Ralph » Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:09 pm

For the composer who inspired his son, P.D.Q., I have unbounded admiration.
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Post by rasputin » Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:00 pm

Some people think that Bach wasn't in fact a composer, but
he only took dictation. What he wrote was dictated from above.

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Post by Opus132 » Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:13 pm

James wrote:JS Bach is the greatest composer in my books too, no one comes close to the timeless perfection he so often achieved. He's untouchable.

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Post by Teresa B » Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:33 pm

My best wishes to Bach! By the way, I loved Lewis Thomas. I recommend his wonderful books of essays beginning with "Lives of a Cell" and on.

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Post by jbuck919 » Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:48 pm

XM radio a couple of days ago played one of his sonatas for violin and harpsichord, one which, and I blush to admit it, I had not heard. Well, at least I knew he wrote some, which is more than even many connoisseurs are aware of.

A masterpiece, of course, commanding full attention and making me drop everything else I was doing. What else would one expect?

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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Post by anasazi » Wed Mar 21, 2007 11:13 pm

For me, everyday is JSB's birthday. I spend every day, a part of my time at the keyboard, trying to understand, and to search for illumination, that only this man's music provides. Yes, happy birthday, truly.

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