Monday, March 14, 2005

Bach and God

"Bach gave us God's Word. Mozart gave us God's laughter. Beethoven gave us God's fire. God gave us Music that we might pray without words." - from outside an old German opera house

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"The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul." -- J.S. Bach

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Conversation from an online forum on Bach and his music:

Q: What is the mysterious X which makes Bach's music so touching that even an agnostic guy like me feels like a Christian when listening to the St Matthew-Passion (BWV 244)?

A: You're not the only one, [playwright] Christopher Fry once wrote "Bach's music almost persuades me to become a Christian."

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"Bach, of all people, really had the 'God thing' figured out."--my piano teacher

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"J.J" and "S.D.G" ...

On Bach's surviving music, Bach inserted the letters "J.J." at the beginning of each composition, and "S.D.G." at the end. They are abbreviations for the Latin Jesu Juva ("Jesus Help Me") and Soli Deo Gloria ("To the Glory of God Alone").

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