“It is the special province of music to move the heart.” Johann Sebastian Bach
Maker of glorious music, Johann Sebastian Bach is also the author of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Since today, March 21, is his birthday, let’s take a quick peek into his inspiring and witty creative mind:
“I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well…. I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results.”
“It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.”
“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”
“Without my morning coffee I’m just like a dried up piece of roast goat…. Ah! How sweet coffee tastes! Lovelier than a thousand kisses, sweeter far than muscatel wine!”
“Ceaseless work, analysis, reflection, writing much, endless self-correction, that is my secret.”
“I play the notes as written, but it is God who makes the music.”
“Harmony is next to Godliness.”
Love Johann’s rhapsodic riff on coffee – I’m right there with him! And how about his no-nonsense recipe for success: ceaseless work, analysis, reflection, writing much, and endless self-correction? We can do that. Write on!
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Not only brilliant composer, witty and wise as well!
Yes, you are so right — I loved learning this!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.