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Back to Bach

On this 250th anniversary of the composer's death, hear again a new song of faith

A s a young music student in his native Germany, Helmuth Rilling rode his bicycle to a church 30 miles away to hear J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B Minor.

"We just wanted to hear Bach," remembers Rilling, an internationally acclaimed conductor and founder/artistic director of the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart. "It wasn't important how it was done, but that it was done."

Lutherans like Rilling and others worldwide this year are celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born in 1685 in Eisenach, Germany, and died at 65 in Leipzig. July 28, 2000, marks the 250th anniversary of Bach's death.


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