We hear God’s own surpassing wisdom in Johann Sebastian Bach. His popular work, The Well Tempered Clavier, belongs to the major musical achievements of the Baroque age in Europe. It is an intellectual challenge for musicians and listeners. In it you will find an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Bach was able to combine abstract and formal concepts, such as counterpoint, fugues and canons, with an incredible sense of beauty.
JS Bach also made great contributions to the Catholic Church. In Leipzig he composed the Mass in B Minor, The Passion of St. John, and The Passion of St. Matthew. They were all meant for liturgical worship. The Passion of Saint Matthew is considered the the supreme cultural achievement of all Western civilization and even Friedrich Nietzsche admitted upon hearing it, “One who has completely forgotten Christianity truly hears it here as gospel.” Enjoy this week with the father of music — Johann Sebastian Bach!