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    What does this sentence mean?

    It is not too much to say of him, as Robert Schumann did, that “music owes as much to Bach as Christianity to its Founder”.


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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Lacking fuller context:

    As Robert Schumann suggested, it is possible to say about Bach that [church/religious] music originates as much from his work as from Christianity.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi owenpan1979,

    Bach’s humility and religious fervor are legend. He once said of his music that “anyone who works equally hard will be able to do as much.” However, when musicians speak of Bach, they do so with reverence: Schumann once said “music owes almost as much to Bach as Christianity its founder.”

    For better understanding the last sentence might be modified in the following way:

    Music owes almost as much to Bach as Christianity does to its founder.

    Regards.

    V
    Last edited by vil; 04-Jun-2008 at 11:27.

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