A recently discovered letter by a former student of J. S. Bach has pundits in Germany suggesting that Bach may have been burned out as a musician in his later years. In the letter the student, applying for a cantor position in his home church, claims that he had led musical performances at the Leipzig churches where Bach was conductor. The years coincided with Bach’s final two years of life, suggesting that he used a student as his substitute. Some analysts warn against making such a judgment centuries after Bach’s death. He had poor eyesight, which could explain his delegating the conducting to a student. We do know that Bach composed very little church music in his last decade (Deutsche Welle, December 27).