Bach, Johann Sebastian

One writer has said, "It is not too much to assert, that without Sebastian Bach and his matchless studies for the piano, organ and orchestra, we could not have had the varied musical development, in sonata and symphony from such masters as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven." Apthorp, a musical critic of ability, has said of Bach, "No one man has left so deep a mark on the history of music, nor has exerted so strong and far-reaching an influence upon the subsequent development of the art as he. In a word, Sebastian Bach is the great source and fountain-head from whom well nigh all that is best and most enduring in modern music has been derived."