The discussion on another thread regarding Bach's music opens another subject area. Bach certainly autographed a large number of his works with a reference to God, but I find it odd that music which has no text (as in the sonatas/partitas discussed on another thread) can be identified as religious in nature simply because it was written by Bach. Bach certainly wrote works that were not written for the church (his gig though was as a church musician). But can we identify his instrumental works that were religious or non-religious simply by hearing their melody or harmony--or can we hear his intent because of voice leading? That interpretation can certainly leave the door open for many unintended consequences--some of which people (and some churches) are grappling with on a weekly basis. If we allow that some instrumental music can be identified as religious (or referencing God), then we also have instrumental music that is non-religious or pagan. Taking that thought process further, we then have music that must have other intrinsic qualities also, such as instrumental music that is inherently good or evil. Hummmm... slippery slope indeed.
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