Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten).

The Wanderer and his Shadow, the second supplement to Human, All Too Human, first published in 1880.

  

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Sebastian Bach.  In so far as we do not hear Bach's music as perfect and experienced connoisseurs of counterpoint and all the varieties of the fugal style(and accordingly must dispense with real artistic enjoyment), we shall feel in listening to his music — in Goethe's magnificent phrase — as if "we were present at God's creation of the world”.  In other words, we feel here that something great is in the making but not yet made — our mighty modern music, which by conquering nationalities, the Church, and counterpoint has conquered the world.  In Bach there is still too much crude Christianity, crude Germanism, crude scholasticism.  He stands on the threshold of modern European music, but turns from thence to look at the Middle Ages.  
 

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