- The Bach family at morning music practice. Bach is at the keyboard and the other family members are playing or singing.
Trumpets so royal, tender bowed strings,
Baroque composition, hard hearts sing;,
choirs proclaim orderly soundscapes,
strong-hearted chords salve many scrapes.
Melodic prophet, bind our unravelling;
we veer off, in vain circles travelling,
so benevolent your well-tempered face
cheering us on, putting pity in place.
Ten babies buried, twenty were borne,
scripture assured, Healer never scorned;
surgeon botched operation, then blinded:
one more test for you, biblically minded.
Germany never left, your place of birth,
heaven-hopeful songs heard on planet earth:
countless Concertos, Cantatas, Masses,
and simpler pieces learnt in piano classes.
Affetto-inspired your Easter Passions
tender those tunes in affliction fashioned;
positive your music, causing devil to doubt
you believed the Word, you lived it out,
affetto or con affetto, a musical term that signifies with affect (that is, with emotion)