JS Bach would have been 338 years old today.
We owe him a lot: pretty much harnessed everything we now consider critical to good musical structure, and even instrumental tuning, triggering the development of valve instruments to allow music to emerge from the early Baroque style based on simple harmonics achieved hand/mouth tuning to complex and accurate chromatic progressions, not to mention the mathematical structures of his cannons, fugues, motets and simple etudes that develop in a way that pleases the human mind whether it understands it or not, as Islamic tile designs do. It’s all in the maths and unwinding of symmetries.
Father of music. No Bach, no Beatles, no Beach Boys, no Burt Bacharach, no Bob Dylan, no Benny Andersson, BeeGees, BB King, Billie Holiday, Bill Withers, Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Blondie… just some B-listers!