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September 19, 2003

the many Bachs

For some reason, I was thinking about all the dramatically different ways in which people have seen and admired J.S. Bach since his own day.

After writing a list like this, one is expected to say, "Of course, Bach was all of these things, and that's why he is so great." I'm going to be a little less predictable and say that Bach was all of these things, of course, but he was at his greatest as the composer of narrative works that were grounded in his understanding of human life and emotion.

Posted by peterlevine at September 19, 2003 11:46 AM