Proms Feature - Inclined To Devotion?


19980823For many people, the familiar image of Bach is that of a great but modest church musician conscientiously going about his work for the love of God, in humble acceptance of the lack of appreciation shown by those around him. But, as Michael Oliver discovers, he was also a tough operator who, in his frequent clashes with the Lutheran church authorities, could be fiercely defensive of his job and status, and who was not averse to a bit of shrewd political manouvering to get what he wanted. With contributions from Bach scholars and performers Andrew Parrott, John Butt and Robin Leaver.