Two Centuries of Bach: An Account of Changing Taste

Two Centuries of Bach: An Account of Changing Taste

Two Centuries of Bach: An Account of Changing Taste

Two Centuries of Bach: An Account of Changing Taste

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THE POSTHUMOUS FAME AND INFLUENCE OF GREAT creative personalities depends on a complex of forces, the interaction of which can sometimes be seen in the simple form of two parallel and complementary forces. More often, however, the influence of a great creative mind widens out into a much more complicated and involved network. The first of the active forces working after a great artist's own lifetime, what we might call the warp in the texture of his influence, is the personality and achievement of the artist himself. His character, his nature, his life with all its mystery of fate and chance, the immediate attractiveness or the strangeness of his work as well as the purely human qualities of the man, his traditionalism or individualism, his acceptance or rejection of contemporary society--all these factors affect his subsequent influence, including that on his own immediate contemporaries.

The second active force in this complex of influences on which an artist's posthumous fame depends, the first thread in the woof, is the attitude adopted by those who come under his immediate influence, his . . .

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