J. S. Bach and the Value of Getting On With It
One of Monographer’s consistent interests has been the use of creatives as role models.
In the past I’ve discussed musicians such as Bo Kaspers and Al Kooper and visual creatives such as Giles Gilbert Scott, Harry Beck and Jim Ede as models, either for creative activity in general or for creative entrepreneurship in particular.
So I was particularly struck by this post about JS Bach by Steven Sparling on what seems to me a promising and welcome blog, The Thriving Creative (a name I rather wish I’d thought of!). I’m pleased to reblog the post here.
Last night I attended a very good performance of Bach’s St John Passion at The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. I find it terribly relaxing to sit for 2 hours just listening to music – my average day is so scattered and all over the place that the focus of two hours on music is fantastic.
But I also had time to ponder the programme notes by Peter Foster which talk about Bach’s working habits and output.
Work Habits Of Successful Artists
Think for a minute about what you have achieved in the last year? Maybe grab a scrap of paper and make a little list of the jobs you had and the creative work you’ve produced.
Now compare this (quoting from Peter’s notes):
He describes how Bach and his family moved to Leipzig on 22 May 1723 to take up the post of Cantor of the Thomasschule…
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