“nicht Bach, sondern Meer” (not a brook, but a sea)

Nina Simone:  ‘Once I understood Bach’s music, I wanted to be a concert pianist. Bach made me dedicate my life to music.’

Brahms:  ‘Study Bach, there you will find everything’.

Gounod:  ‘If all the music written since Bach’s time should be lost, it could be reconstructed on the foundation which Bach laid’.