Johann Sebastian Bach
Just spent the regular morning hour at the piano. Spent the whole time on one aria of the Passion that kept pulling me into its spell. While playing I thought what a privledge it is to be able to bring Bach's profound religious emotion out of an instrument. I feel indebted to Bach for showing me the depths of sorrow and making me feel it in a way that no other medium ever has.
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I think you'd be impressed. I'm actually a Bach fan myself, although I play on flute. I know exactly what you mean! Don't you think its wonderful how a piece of music can move you so completley?
I think you summed it up perfectly, in the term 'spell'.
I was listening the other day to Bach's Cantata No. 8 - there is a soprano aria there that is just divine. Well, I put it on again yesterday and before the few bars of oboe introduction were over (this supported by simple throbbing low strings) I just knew (once again) that this Bach was sent to move me to the core of my being. I was humbled by the sheer majesty of such ideas.