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26 Inspiring Quotes By Johann Sebastian Bach For The Melodist In You

Quick Facts

Famous As: Composer

Born On: March 31, 1685

Died On: July 28, 1750

Born In: Eisenach, Saxe-Eisenach

Died At Age: 65

Johann Sebastian Bach was a respected German musician and composer. He is renowned for his vocal music including Mass in B minor and St Matthew Passion, and also for his instrumental compositions like Goldberg Variations and Brandenburg Concertos. He is considered as one of the greatest composers of all time especially since the 19th century Bach Revival. He was primarily recognised as an organist throughout the 18th century and was appreciated for his keyboard music like ‘The Well-Tempered’ which was sought-after for its didactic qualities. Following is a compilation of famous quotations and sayings by Johann Sebastian Bach which have been excerpted from his music, thoughts, compositions, works and life. Zoom through some insightful and noteworthy quotes and thoughts by Johann Sebastian Bach for your perfect musical journey.

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Bring me coffee before I turn into a goat!

Johann Sebastian Bach

I have always kept one end in view, namely ... to conduct a well-regulated church music to the honour of God.

Johann Sebastian Bach

I was made to work. If you are equally industrious, you will be equally successful.

Johann Sebastian Bach

A Composition on the Piano

Johann Sebastian Bach

The most stupendous miracle in all music.

Johann Sebastian Bach

God's gift to his sorrowing creatures is a joy worthy of their destiny.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ah! How sweet coffee tastes! Lovelier than a thousand kisses, sweeter far than muscatel wine!

Johann Sebastian Bach

On land, on sea, at home abroad, I smoke my pipe and worship God.

Johann Sebastian Bach

You just have to press the right keys and the right pedals at the right time and the music plays itself.

Johann Sebastian Bach

I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results. The final aim and reason of all music is nothing other than the glorification of God and the refreshment of the spirit.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Harmony is next to Godliness

Johann Sebastian Bach

Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Music's only purpose should be for the glory of God and the recreation of the human spirit.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Old concept: Love is blind. Marriage is an eye opener. New concept: Love is not blind - it simply enables one to see things others fail to see.

Johann Sebastian Bach

I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music.

Johann Sebastian Bach

It is the special province of music to move the heart.

Johann Sebastian Bach

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

Johann Sebastian Bach

Without my morning coffee I'm just like a dried up piece of roast goat.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ceaseless work, analysis, reflection, writing much, endless self-correction, that is my secret.

Johann Sebastian Bach

My masters are strange folk with very little care for music in them.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with His gracious presence.

Johann Sebastian Bach

I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.

Johann Sebastian Bach

If I decide to be an idiot, then I'll be an idiot on my own accord.

Johann Sebastian Bach

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.

Johann Sebastian Bach

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

It cannot remain unmentioned that so many poorly equipped boys, and boys who have no talent at all for music, have been accepted into the school to date that the quality of music has necessarily declined and deteriorated. And those who do bring a few precepts with them when they come to school are not ready to be used immediately.

Johann Sebastian Bach