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Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750) born on
Mar 21
German composer, organist. He was a master of church music and Composer of the Baroque era; works include "Brandenburg Concertos," 1721 and "Well-Tempered Clavier," 1722-44.
         
   
F
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.

R
Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.
A
I have always kept one end in view, namely . . . to conduct a well-regulated church music to the honour of God.
N
I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed . . . equally well.
K
My present post amounts to about 700 thaler, and when there are rather more funerals than usual, the fees rise in proportion; but when a healthy wind blows, they fall accordingly . . .
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "New York Times," 6 May 1979.
R: In "Bach bits," "Online Milwaukee Journal Sentinel," by Tom Strini, 9 Mar 1997
A: In "The New Webster's Dictionary of Quotations and Famous Phrases," by Donald Bolander, 1987.
N: In "The New Webster's Dictionary of Quotations and Famous Phrases," by Donald Bolander, 1987.
K: Letter to Georg Erdmann, 1732, on his post as Cantor of Leipzig; in "The Bach Reader: A Life of J. S. Bach in Letters and Documents," by Hans T. David and Arthur Mendel, 1945.
   


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