If ever you feel like your life has been turned upside down and you feel like giving up… remember the German composer Johann Sebastian Bach

If ever you feel like your life has been turned upside down, and you feel like giving up… remember the brilliant German composer, organist, and violinist Johann Sebastian Bach, who continued to create even after many hardships.

Bach’s personal life resembled a true drama. He was only 10 years old when he lost his parents, leaving himself under the care of his elder brother, from whom he received his first lessons in the creative life…

Later, Bach lost a daughter from his first marriage, then shortly after, three sons, and then his wife Maria Barbara.

Bach’s losses continued into his second marriage. From his marriage to Anna Magdalena, he lost four daughters and then three sons…

If you’re wondering how he continued to compose after all this, crafting cantatas, suites for cello, liturgies… some of the most beautiful church musical compositions ever heard in the world…

This is how.

With a resounding «yes,» they say: Bach’s music from beginning to end, note by note, is a prayer to God.

At the start of his scores, he always wrote «Deus Meus Adiuva Me,» which means «My God, help me,» and at the end «Soli Deo gloria» / «Glory to God alone,» so when you play Bach, you are like praying.

Bach’s music is a conversation between man and God and a sincere expression of sacred relations with God.

In the last years of his life, Bach had problems with his vision, and in his final days, he went completely blind. He remained in ignorance and was deeply depressed. For three nights, his wife Magdalena did not leave Sebastian’s side.

Finally, I convinced Magdalena to relax a bit, but five minutes later, Sebastian called his son and asked him to bring paper and ink with a pen.

«The music is playing in my head, I need to write it down.»

After finishing the notes, he said in a quiet voice:

«That’s it, this is my last piece.»

That work was «Before Thy Throne, My God» — Divine Abyss.

After that, Sebastian suddenly said:

«Magdalena, my dear, come closer to me.»

And as the woman hurried to him, Bach’s eyes were open, he could see. Sebastian looked at everyone with longing, and at that moment Magdalena placed a beautiful red rose in his hands. Looking at the rose, Bach said:

«Where I am going, there are such flowers and music playing that one can only dream, and my eyes will finally see the Lord…»

Excerpt from «Bach’s Diary» from «Memoirs of Anna Magdalena»

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