July 2021 Letter

The Most Famous Lutheran Musician

 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) is acknowledged as one of the most famous and gifted composers in the Western world. Orphaned at the age of 10, Bach was mostly self-taught in music. His professional life as a conductor, performer, composer, teacher, Kantor, and organ consultant began when he was 19 years old (1704) in the town of Arnstadt, Germany, and ended in Leipzig, Germany.

As a devout and devoted Lutheran, Bach was responsible for all the music in Leipzig’s four Lutheran churches the last 27 years of his life (1723 – 1750). In addition to being a superb keyboard artist, the genius and bulk of Bach’s vocal and instrumental compositions remain overwhelming.

Bach is especially honored every year in Christendom on July 28th because of his lifelong insistence that his music was written primarily for the liturgical life of the Church. His music, therefore, was written to glorify God and edify His people, rather than himself.

Almighty God, beautiful in majesty and majestic in holiness, You have taught us in Holy Scripture to sing Your praises and have given to Your servant Johann Sebastian Bach grace to show forth Your glory in his music. Continue to grant this gift of inspiration to all Your servants who write and make music for Your people, that with joy we on earth may glimpse Your beauty and at length know the inexhaustible richness of Your new creation in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

July Blessings!

 

Pastor David A. Feddern