Not Brook but Ocean

Hello God!

Thank You for creating music we are able to listen. I love music by Johann Sebastian Bach. “Bach” is the German word for “brook”.

“Not Brook but Ocean should be his name” said Ludvig Van Beethoven.

I am lucky because I have had a possibility to be in Leipzig and walking to St. Thomas Church where Bach worked as a cantor from 1723 until his death in 1750.

I play the piano and the first piece I begin with my morning lesson is something from “Well Tempered Clavier”. Bach gave the title to a book of preludes and fugues in all 24 major and minor keys, dated 1722, composed “for the profit and use of musical youth desirous of learning, and especially for the pastime of those already skilled in this study.”

Bach makes my mornings. Every preludes and fugues are challenge for my fingers and enigma for brain and soul. I love to think that I am playing and listening the harmony of the universe.

“First, he was an intensely spiritual man. Second, he devoted his massive talent to the God he believed graced him with it,” Rick Marschall wrote in “Johann Sebastian Bach”.

“You want to discern a personality in my music?” we can perhaps hear him asking. “Listen closer and you will find one – the Lord Jesus Christ,” Rick said.

Below Johann Sebastian Bach’s 1722 seal, used throughout his Leipzig years. It contains the letters ‘J S B’ superimposed over their mirror image.

Bach_Seal

“In 1723, Bach was appointed Cantor of the Thomasschule at Thomaskirche in Leipzig, and Director of Music in the principal churches in the town, namely the Nikolaikirche and the Paulinerkirche, the church of the University of Leipzig. This was a prestigious post in the mercantile city in the Electorate of Saxony, which he held for 27 years until his death.”

StThomas

His remains are buried under a bronze epitaph near the altar.

StThomasChurch

Another notable feature of the Thomaskirche is that it contains two organs. The older one is a Romantic organ by Wilhelm Sauer, built from 1885–89. Since this organ is considered “unsuitable” for Bach’s music, a second organ was built by Gerald Woehl’s organ building company from 1999–2000. This “Bach organ” was designed to look similar to the old organ on which Bach had played in the Paulinerkirche.

Organ

A statue of Johann Sebastian Bach by the Leipzig sculptor Carl Seffner that stands next to the church was dedicated in 1908.

Bach

I am reading in “Glory and Honor” by Gregory Wilbur: “Ultimately, Bach opens a vista to the universe. After experiencing him, people feel there is meaning to life after all”, said German organist Helmunt Walcha.”

This words are true for me. Thank you for sharing this moment with me!

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