On one stave, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings. If I imagined that I could have created, even conceived the piece, I am quite certain that the excess of excitement and earth-shattering experience would have driven me out of my mind.
Air was composed as part of the third overture, BWV 1068, around 1730. It can’t be described, but only listened. It is masterfully executed here by the Voices of Music on period instruments.
The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach, born March 21st 1685, has done everything completely. He was a man through and through.
Goldberg variations is one of the very few pieces that JS Bach published (1741) in his lifetime. It was composed for a two-manual harpsichord. It’s beautifully performed here by Helmuth Walcha, a Bach scholar and legend.