The Story Of How A Photocopier Could Have Saved Bach’s Life

by • June 8, 2012 • History, MusicComments (0)2175

Way back when Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was in his prime, he was not only producing some of the greatest musical compositions our world has ever known, he was also frantically trying to write them down as well.  Bach simply couldn’t keep up with the arduous task of reproducing copies of his works, so he brought in a small team of meticulous artisans who helped him churn out pages upon pages of his masterpieces.  Even this wasn’t enough, because Bach still needed to be the driving force behind this team.  It was these countless and painstaking hours of work-by-candlelight that all but destroyed Bach’s eyesight, requiring two eye surgeries in his later years.  Sadly, complications from these surgeries eventually led to his death on July 28, 1750.  Not only do we often take for granted the gifts that modern technology affords us every single day, we also take for granted the mind-boggling body of masterworks produced by the most gifted musical genius that has ever lived.

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Source: CBC Radio 2’s “Tempo With Julie Nesrallah”

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