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Ah! How sweet coffee tastes! Lovelier than a thousand kisses, sweeter far than muscatel wine! I must have coffee .

Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) German composer
Kafee-Kantate (1732)
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Where there is devotional music, God with his grace is always present.

[Bei einer andächtigen Musik ist allezeit Gott mit seiner Gnaden Gegenwart.]

Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) German composer
Annotation in a copy of the Calov Bible
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Like all music, the figured bass should have no other end and aim than the glory of God and the recreation of the soul; where this is not kept in mind there is no true music, but only an infernal clamour and ranting.

[Und soll wie aller Musik also auch des Generalbasses Finis und Endursache anders nicht als nur zu Gottes Ehre und Recreation des Gemütes sein. Wo dieses nicht in acht genommen wird, ists keine eigentliche Musik, sondern ein Teuflisches Geplerr und Geleier.]

Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) German composer
Student instructions on accompaniment (1738)

Quoted in Albert Schweitzer, J. S. Bach, ch. 9 (1905) [tr. Newman (1966)].
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