Johann Sebastian Bach’s Quotes

Johann Sebastian Bach, widely regarded as the greatest of all composers of music for Christian worship, was born in 1685 in Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany, into a family of distinguished musicians.

“Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with His gracious presence.” – Johann Sebastian Bach

“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” – Johann Sebastian Bach

“Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.” – Johann Sebastian Bach

“Like all music, the figured bass should have no other end and aim than the glory of God and the recreation of the soul; where this is not kept in mind there is no true music, but only an infernal clamour and ranting.” – Johann Sebastian Bach

“I have always kept one end in view, namely, with all good will to conduct a well-regulated church music to the honor of God” – Johann Sebastian Bach

“I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results.” – Johann Sebastian Bach

“It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” – Johann Sebastian Bach

“My masters are strange folk with very little care for music in them.” – Johann Sebastian Bach

“If I decide to be an idiot, then I’ll be an idiot on my own accord.” – Johann Sebastian 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” – Johann Sebastian Bach

“I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed . . . equally well.” – Johann Sebastian Bach

“My present post amounts to about 700 thaler, and when there are rather more funerals than usual, the fees rise in proportion; but when a healthy wind blows, they fall accordingly.” – Johann Sebastian Bach

“Bring me A bowl of coffee before I turn into a goat” – Johann Sebastian Bach

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