Happy Birthday Johann Sebastian Bach, born on this day (March 21) in 1685. His music, the fusion of a powerful intellect and an unshakable faith, is capable of both melodic simplicity (e.g.,"Sheep May Safely Graze") and elaborate complexity (e.g., "The Art of the Fugue").
We are very fortunate that Bach lived and abundantly applied his gift. He is one of those rare individuals about whom it can be said, "Had he never been born, we'd all be the poorer."
Bach has long been one of my very favorite creative muses. When I'm in need of inspiration, I can listen to Bach for days on end. I have many favorites, but here a few quick ones:
• The Goldberg Variations
• "Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme" cantata
• Cellos Suites
• Sonatas 1-6 BMV 525-530 (especially #6)
• The Well-Tempered Clavier
What are your favorite Bach pieces?