music history tidbit
So JS Bach wrote exactly one Mass. He was Lutheran and it’s two hours long, so he wrote literally just to write it; it’s obvious he had no intention of it being performed. He wouldn’t even have written it for posterity or whatever because he wasn’t even that famous in his day.
it’s also worth noting that the only reason we mark the end of the baroque era at 1750 is because Bach died and left what is the platinum standard of baroque music behind. Everyone else had already moved on to writing in the classical and he was just like “fuck that homophonic shit, here’s two fucking hours of contrapuntal polyphony.”
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