Today we commemorate the life and work of J. S. Bach, Kantor, sometimes called the Fifth Evangelist for his incredible testimony to the Gospel of Christ in sacred song. This was the day he rested from earthly music and entered the heavenly choir. On a personal note, learning and performing some of his great pieces in college was truly one of the high points of attending a Lutheran college: Jesus, Priceless Treasure (all 20 minutes worth); Be Not Afraid; and many others. From our Synod's website:
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) is acknowledged as one of the most famous and gifted of all composers past and present in the entire western world. Orphaned at the age of ten, Bach was mostly self-taught in music. His professional life as conductor, performer, composer, teacher, and organ consultant began at the age of 19 in the town of Arnstadt and ended in Leipzig, where for the last 27 years of his life he was responsible for all the music in the city's four Lutheran churches. In addition to his being a superb keyboard artist, the genius and bulk of Bach's vocal and instrumental compositions remain overwhelming. A devout and devoted Lutheran, he is especially honored in Christendom for his lifelong insistence that his music was written primarily for the liturgical life of the church to glorify God and edify his people.