Music is nature's language. What it is telling you is to shut up for once and listen.

 

Beethoven called Bach "The immortal god of harmony". I would never argue with Beethoven. The main reason being the fact he is dead

 

 

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J.S. Bach - The Mathematician


* disclaimer (for all of you retired classical music fans who are already sharpening your keyboards eager to comment even before hearing what I have to say…) not only am I not, am claiming, or have ever claimed to be an expert of classical music, I would say most amateurs I have met know more than me about the subject.


Beethoven called Bach "The immortal god of harmony". I would never argue with Beethoven. The main reason being the fact he is dead, the second is that even alive he wouldn’t have heard me, and third, because he is Beethoven , for Christ's sake, do I look stupid enough to argue with bloody Beethoven?

But Beethoven missed the point. (yes, I am sticking it to Beethoven. I can't argue with him but on the other hand what can he do? He's dead.) yes, Beethoven missed the point. Harmony is nothing but math. It is the use of prefect equations to create fixed distances between vibration frequencies. That's all. Ok, that's not exactly all, but that is the base. Just add talent, divine inspiration and some fairy dust and you have Bach.
 
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. "
 
For me Bach was the great mathematician of music. He had the diligence of an Indian book keeper, the eye for melodic opportunity of a Chinese businessman, and the sense for the holy harmony of st. Francesco D'Assisi.
 
Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with His gracious presence. "
 
He was extremely Christian, the poor guy. But he is one of the few cases where being ultra religious actually helped, as his love of dogma and fixed irrational rules is what drove his work through his career and what makes them so close to perfect. As close as a human can get.
 
Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul. "
 

At times I feel like Bach has a nice case of obsessive compulsive disorder, which is a great attribute for a composer. I have to touch this note three times and then I can pass to touch the other note, and I have to fold the harmony in a nice neat square and place it at the side of the pen.

Bach himself insisted that his work was more of a daily labor and not creative outlet, as his commissioned work was the one who got him the most recognition and fame.

 
I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results.


I enjoy Bach on occasion. I love to hear his bourree for guitar. It is pure beautifully structured musical math if I have ever heard one. You can see it in any of his lute suites. The arrangements are always sublime, but It always sounds to me like a walking bass with the jazz preached out of it.
I am not a big fan of the church.

But I have seen many different ways people worship their lord, and the Bach way? I can live with it. If there was a god I am sure he would approve to. If only for the basic reason that  the work is so clean, tidy and well thought of. homework well done, you get an A in worshiping through music. A nice gold cross for the spiritual musical mathematical contract composer.

The comforting thing is that I know that Bach without those fixed borders, without that Christian box he was locked in, without the OCD, would be anything but Bach. And that would have been a real shame.

 
Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass? - Michael Torke
 

Fuga in A minor http://youtu.be/dFDx-L7PcrY
Organ Triosonata http://youtu.be/1y7aw_ExNic
Fugue 7 in E-flat major http://youtu.be/GX_1q5c7jIU
Glen Gould http://youtu.be/ljojjoBGLYw
Brandenburg Concertos No.5 http://youtu.be/yscAvQ88KYY
Rostapovitch cello no.1 http://youtu.be/LU_QR_FTt3E
Guitar bourree http://youtu.be/_0QqHzF9X9w