Wednesday, 1 April 2015

More Bach

It seems that some readers have misunderstood what I had written about Bach’s Johannes Passion. I did not go into the question whether Bach was an anti-Semite or not, nor into whether Bach had wanted to propagate anti-Semitic texts. All I pointed out was the effect that this most beautiful music combined with some of the texts of St. John Passion will most likely have had on listeners over the centuries.

Why doubt the manipulative power of beautiful music?


  1. Because Shakespeare, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, went at the Truth. Nothing to do with Beauty.
    The truth cannot manipulate.or it is not true

  2. Yes David , Is it not true, that the more beautiful the music, the greater the manipulative power?