What is so ecstatic and magical about Bach that even Beethoven and Mozart cannot cast that?

Question by Crimson (silly mid off): What is so ecstatic and magical about Bach that even Beethoven and Mozart cannot cast that?
His Fugue in G major (Jig) blows me away in a million peaces every time i listen. His Tocatta and Fugue has the ultimate thrill and drama. His Air on G string the most sublime, the potency and life of Brandenburg concertos, His Bouree in E minor al fairy tale almost visual, the joy in his Violin partitas…. and what not

Is Bach the ultimate King of music ?

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Answer by Doctor John
I think with Bach it is the inevitability. Even when he surprises you, a little thought decides that his was the correct choice , not yours.

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3 Responses to “What is so ecstatic and magical about Bach that even Beethoven and Mozart cannot cast that?”

  1. Ian E says:

    Bach’s life situation compelled him to work fiendishly hard simply in order to provide for a vast family. His dedication and passion for his religion made the concept of shoddy, ‘good-enough’ work absolutely foreign to him. There is evidence that he was highly intelligent, and no doubt that he was very well trained and immensely talented.

    His skill as a harmonist is paramount, and, even in the so-called 20th Century practice of ‘polytonality’, he beat Stravinsky and Poulenc to it by 200 years! (last pages of his Passacaglia are certainly in more than one key at a time!)

    His skill as a polyphonist is perhaps shared by the likes of Tallis, Vittoria, Monteverdi. I feel Stravinsky was his equal, as well. However, during the era of ‘diatonic harmony’, there is no polyphonic composer to come close to him, I feel.
    Coupled with the man’s vivid harmony, this ability to write several competing melodies, all to be heard at once, is a magnificent aid toward the creation of powerfully expressive music.

    Melodically, I feel Bach is sometimes a little unnecessarily longwinded.
    [ He certainly mastered ‘profundity’, but some of his ‘profound’ melodies are awfully long!]

    Rhythmically, on occasion, Bach proved as capable of providing excitement as anyone who ever lived. Someone such as Bartok did it all of the time, though.

    During his lifetime, Bach was scarcely a ‘public figure’. As the acknowledged leader of his huge ‘family business’ (I believe that there were as many as 64 Bachs as professional composers during his lifetime), it is easy to see how very important the man was to the growth of European music, however little he was known to the public….

    The debt music owes to this one man is incalculable. Although the general public were largely ignorant of him until he was popularised by Mendelssohn, he was ‘the King of Music’ to composers such as Beethoven.

    In no other Art has a single person contributed so much, in my opinion.
    Privately, I have always thought of him as Saint Johann.

  2. Mawia says:

    I think it can be ultimately be reduced to math and physics, but what an expression of those two sciences!!

    I agree that Bach may well be the king of earthly music.

    (move over Elvis, step aside Beatles)

  3. Ezekiel W says:

    Finally! Someone I agree with 100% You are as right as can be. I love Bach!!!
    Bach is by far my favorite composer. If I could only listen to one composer for the rest of my life it would undoubtably be him.
    From the happy dancing music of his French Suites (My favorite being the fifth), to the dark and somber sounds of his Preludes and Fugues, his works had so much emotion in them.
    I would even go so far as to say that if you take the “great” composers (in view of all of their works), Bach makes them seem rather trite.

    So yes, I would say that Bach is the ultimate king of music.


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