Next to the Word of God, the Noble Art of Music is the greatest treasure in the world.” – MARTIN LUTHER
“Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and permissible delights of the soul.” – J.S. BACH
Today Protestants around the world are celebrating #Reformation500, the 500th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther – as legend has it, nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg, Germany, and by doing sparked a religious revolution.
Music played an important role in the life of Martin Luther and the Reformation, and no musician has ever played a greater role in the Lutheran church than of course Johann Sebastian Bach.
And, for you numerologists out there, according to the website LutheranReformation.org, “The life and work of Bach is sandwiched between the Reformation and the current day. In fact, if you were to determine the years spanning from the birth of Martin Luther (1483) to the death of Bach (1750) and the death of Bach to the current year, an equal split of 267 years is discovered. This positioning allowed for Luther to have a profound impact on Bach and for the influence of Bach to continue to carry forward beyond our present day.”
Our lucky number for today is 3, as in the sunny and serene Suite No. 3 for Unaccompanied Cello by Bach. Check out the Allemande (which, after all, means “German Dance,”) movement played by Heifetz2016 student Christine J. Lee.