Saturday, April 4, 2015


In Deepest Grief 
Final Chorus, The St. Matthew Passion
Johann Sebastian Bach



2 comments:

  1. We both know I have the rough, rustic musical tastes of a low-brow philistine, but I nonetheless marvel at the work of the greats such as this one.

    Have a blessed Easter!

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    1. A blessed Easter to you too, my friend –– and all your loved ones.

      Bach -- like virtually all the significant composers of serious music –– but more than most –– did not merely catalogue or attempt to describe the events he chronicled in music ––- he EVOKED such EMPATHY for the subject at hand that those of us with ears to hear actually FEEL the AGONY, the AWESTRUCK SOLEMNITY, and the GRIEF of an event such as the aftermath of the Crucifixion for those who loved and believed in Jesus.

      In the B-Minor Mass Bach kindles the spirit of renewed energy, ineffable joy and boundless bliss in our hearts with Et Resurrexit.

      The reason I am so fanatically devoted to what-I-know-to-be the best in serious music has to do with its THREE-DIMENSIONALITY and the uncanny way it has of not merely showing or describing an IMAGE but of making each listener feel he or she is a LIVING PARTICIPANT in the SCENE.

      Empathy carries us far above Pity, Sympathy, or Condescension. Great art is never shallow, nor is it merely didactic, though –– if we open ourselves to its immense power –– we can learn more from it than an entire shelf loaded with textbooks.

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