255 Cantatas

(Mark Rothko in his East Hampton studio, 1964)

“Did you know that Bach wrote 255 cantatas? Two hundred fifty-five! Not to mention all his masses, sonatas, concertos, preludes, and fugues. Bach was a working stiff, churning out music for the church as fast as a composition every week. Some of it does not survive and most pieces are never performed. Today, we hear only his works of genius, of which we have so many because he wrote a little something every week.” — Elise Hancock, Ideas Into Words (via austinkleon) ♥

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