“Bach began virtually every composition, even his secular music, with a blank paper on which he wrote, Jesu, juva (“Jesus, help me”) on the upper left corner of the first page, and Soli Deo Gloria (“To God alone the glory”) on the bottom right corner of the finished ending. His was a personal relationship, not a professional duty, with the Savior.
Such “bookends” were as anointing oil over all of Bach’s creative work. So did he begin and end his days–and his life–with such petition and praise: “Jesus, help me” and “To God alone be all the glory.” With or without the mode of music, such dedication speaks to us through the years of Bach’s relevance today.
Link to read the article: An Ancient Role Model Speaks to Our Future. by Johann Sebastian Bach: An Ancient Role Model Speaks to our Future by Rick Marschall : Jun 13, 2011 : ASSIST News