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In this video journey we are accompanied by Bach authorities including classical guitarist Christopher Parkening. They guide us through the development, personal crises, challenges, remarkable work output, and the compelling inner motivation of Bach and show why it was so important to the composer that his gifts be used for the glory of God alone. He got his wish. Bach died in obscurity, his grave not even marked. But God was glorified as Bach's music transcends the changing styles and passing centuries and infuses the world with a priceless treasure that will continue as long as music is embraced to transport us from the mundane.
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Hubert S. Mickel, MD5 Stars Out Of 5December 18, 2007Hubert S. Mickel, MDThe creative accomplishments of Johann Sebastian Bach were described by Richard Wagner as "The most stupendous miracle in all of music." This 30 minute DVD gives one a glimpse of how this young man, orphaned at age 9, developed to become the most outstanding phenomenon in all of music history. There is information regarding the Bach family's dominance in church music in Thuringia, such that the name, Bach, became almost synonymous with the word, musician. Comments on Bach are made by several commentators, including Christoph Wolff, who is regarded as the world's leading Bach scholar, and who is cousin of the current pastor of the Thomaskirche Leipzig, where Bach worked from 1723 until his death in 1750. Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach and attended the same school and sang in the same boy's choir that Martin Luther did 200 years earlier. Those who created this DVD provide many insightful camera shots of the many towns where Bach lived and worked. There are two commentators from the American Bach Society, who, along with Christoph Wolff provide a sort of verbal counterpoint to each other. Relevant music of Bach is also interwoven into the presentation in a similar way. Included is also a comment of Christopher Parkening, who resonates to Bach's religious convictions.At the beginning of most of Bach's religious works are the letters, "JJ", which in latin stand for "Jesus, help me!" At the end of a composition stand the letters, "SDG", which stand for "Soli Deo Gloria" or "Glory to God Alone". This DVD provides the background and insight to help the viewer understand why Bach makes this effort.
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