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music is due in a big part to the magnitude of his intellect. He is the best recognized as a ultimate master of counterpoint. He was able to understand and use every resource of musical language that was available in the Baroque era as Homer did with the Greek language of Archaic Greece. At the same time, he could compose for voice and the different instruments so as to take advantage of the peculiar characteristics of the make up and tone quality in each. Also, when a text was associated with the music, J.S. Bach could compose musical equivalents of verbal concepts, such as expanding melody to characterize the sea, or a canon to depict the Christians following the teachings of Jesus. In addition, Bach’s capability to access and utilize the media, styles, and genre of his day

let him to accomplish many astonishing transfers of idiom. For example, he could take an Italian ensemble composition, such as a violin concerto, and convert it into a persuasive work for a single instrument, the harpsichord. By devising elaborate melodic lines, he could communicate the complex texture of a multivoiced fugue on a single-melody instrument. The conversational rhythms and sparse on a textures of operatic recitatives can be found in some of his works for solo keyboard. After J.S. Bach’s death he was remembered less as a composer that an organist and harpsichord player. His numerous tours had guaranteed his reputation as the greatest organist of all time, but his contrapuntal style of writing sounded old-fashioned to his contemporaries, most of whom preferred the

fresh pre-classical styles then coming into fashion, which were more homophonic in subject and less contrapuntal than J.S. Bach’s music. Thus, for the next 80 years his music was overlooked by the public, although a few musicians admired it, among them Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. A revival of interest in J.S. Bach’s music occurred in the mid-19th century. The German composer Felix Mendelson arranged a performance of the Passion of St. Matthew in 1829, which led to a popular interest in J.S. Bach. Technical expertise alone, of course, was not the origin of J.S. Bach’s greatness. It is the expressiveness and emotion of his music, especially as revealed in the vocal works, that portrays his humanity and that reaches listeners everywhere.