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The Cult of Genius

“ I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results. ”

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Johannes Sebastian Bach, who passed away 261 years ago.

He is one of the greatest composers of all time. He was an organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although he did not introduce new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivalled control of harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France… (more)