“Not Bach, but Meer” Timothy Smith discusses the virtues of Johann Sebastian Bach.
The Greatest Composer?
The student of music need not read far before encountering the passionate assertion that Johann Sebastian Bach was probably the greatest composer who ever lived. Such ardorous declarations might well be excused as author’s bias were they not so prevalent in the literature–not to mention, proposed with such fervor–at least to elevate the proposition to a reasoned debate. If Johann Sebastian was not the greatest, he was at least in the company of that august group; but the rule of greatness of an artist’s life and work is ultimately measured by the eye in which the beholder’s own work has been influenced by the life in question…..