Saturday, February 18, 2012


A facsimile of the autograph manuscript of the Allemanda from Bach's Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo Violin is a visual work of art in itself, let alone a musical masterpiece. When considering the magnitude and prolific nature of Bach's work, we are often made to wonder at the obvious genius and come away with that wry understanding of our own deficiencies...the self-depricating smirk that accompanies a comment such as "I could never do that." 
Bach once said "Ich habe fleissig sein mussen: wer es gleichfalls ist, wird eben so weit kommen" - 
"I was obliged to be industrious; whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well."
How often we would attribute mediocrity and indifferent success to inability rather than lack of diligence.

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