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"Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with His gracious presence."
Even to sceptical and agnostic minds, Bach's B minor Mass radiates a recognisable and powerful spirituality, one that does not rely on credal orthodoxy, odd though that might appear. His art celebrates the fundamental sanctity of life, an awareness of the divine and a transcendent dimensjon as a fact of human existence.
It is by anchoring it in our time that we re-connect with the timeless fertility of Bach's imagination.
He saw both the essence and practice of music as religious, and understood that the more perfectly a composition is realised, both conceptually and throught performance, the more God is immanent in the music. 'NB', he wrote in the margin of his copy of Abraham Calov's Bible commentary: 'Where there is devotional music, God with his grace is always present.'