Day: March 21, 2015

Happy 330th, Johann Sebastian…

“It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” Today is the day we remember the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, a composer of such prodigious productivity that we feel fairly certain we only know of but a portion of his output. Most of the music he wrote has been thought to have been lost, possibly to such mundane uses as the wrapping of fish. His organ music is of such outstanding quality that, over 250 years after his death, we still have nothing to equal it, much less surpass it. Estimates vary, but it’s thought that we only have, perhaps, from a quarter to a third of his actual output. And we know of around 1120 works. Writing new music for church services each and every week of the year, for your entire career, will certainly drive those totals up. Oh… and he also fathered 20 children… And you thought Barbara Cartland was prolific… Name a genre of …