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Bach: two aspects

PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:08 pm
by Chris P
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/sep/21/secret-bach-teenage-thug

And a view from many years later:

Dr Charles Burney wrote:After dinner.....I prevailed upon him to sit down again to a clavichord....and he played, with little intermission, till near eleven o'clock at night. During this time, he grew so animated and possessed, that he not only played, but looked like one inspired. His eyes were fixed, his underlip fell, and drops of effervescence distilled from his countenance. He said, if he were to be set to work frequently, in this manner, he should grow young again. His performance today convinced me.....that he is not only one of the greatest composers that ever existed, for keyed instruments, but the best player, in point of EXPRESSION