“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’.