Johann Sebastian Bach as a Protestant composer and 'The Fifth Evangelist'

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  • Luis Ángel Spain, 00
    Nov. 12, 2017 2:33 p.m.

    Dear friends,
    The idea of a Bach ignored and misappreciated after his death is perhaps a common historic dogma.
    Mozart and Haydn knew well his fugues (Mozart transcribed for string quartet some of them) and some cantatas. Beethoven was familiar with Bach through his master Niefe.
    And Bach was fundamental in the education of the great romantics before 1829: Chopin received Bach form his teacher Elsner; Liszt from Czerny; Schumann and Clara from Wieck; Mendelssohn and Fanny from Zelter.
    Bach was not so "buried" as the myth says. Before this "resurrection" you quote of 1829, Bach's works were in piano recitals by celebrities like John Field or Carl Czerny.
    It's true that Bach was not so famous as Handel because he didn't compose opera, but he didn't dissapear of the repertory.
    And one more thing: Bach was very well considered in Saint Thomas Church between the people, except in a few ocassions. If not, Bach wouldn't have worked there for 27 years. They would have fired him.
    Anyway, thank you for this illuminating good article. Greetings from Madrid...