The sound of faith

My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipleship in the Music of Bach, by Calvin R. Stapert
Johanne Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician, by Christoph Wolff

Toward the end of his biography of Johann Sebastian Bach, Christoph Wolff tells a wonderful anecdote about Mozart's first encounter with Bach's music. Thirty-nine years after Bach's death, Mozart visited the St. Thomas School in Leipzig and listened to a performance of one of the motets. After a few measures, "Mozart sat up, startled" and, at the close of the performance, cried out, "This is music one can learn from!"

 

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