UPDATED: During my weekly hour of political commentary on The Hagmann Report on Monday, July 30 – 9-10 PM EDT (the video podcast of that segment on YouTube is here) – I mentioned that I would post an article with some links to the issues that I was discussing. So here goes.

The 1957 Omnibus television program on Johann Sebastian Bach, hosted by Leonard Bernstein, which I mentioned and quoted from can be watched in its entirety apparently without charge at this URL. The memorable commentary by Bernstein that I read on the Hagmann Report, in which he commented on God’s influence on Bach, occurs during the last two or three minutes of the program.

Here is the section of Leonard Bernstein’s narration that I quoted:

Leonard Bernstein: [J.S. Bach’s compositions were] A white hot creation of 50 years. And what is it that holds all these pages [of Bach’s musical compositions] together – that makes them inevitably the product of one man? The religious spirit. For Bach, music was religion. Writing it was an act of faith. Performing it was an act of worship. And that is true not only of his sacred works but all of his music no matter how secular its purpose. The six Brandenburg Concertos were technically dedicated to the margrave of Brandenburg. But the notes praise God, not the margrave. Every work praises God. This is the spine of Bach’s work. Simple faith. Otherwise how could he have turned out all that inspired stuff while he was simultaneously carrying out his many duties. [At this point, Bernstein notes that Bach had to live a “normal” life – raising children, making a living, trying to get work that paid, etc.]

Bach was a man after all, not a god. But he was a man of God. Godliness shines through all of his music from first to last.

Leonard Bernstein explains Bach on national TV. Omnibus, March 31, 1957.

Some of the other links from the July 30th Hagmann Report:

Feds: Portland ICE protesters spewed racist insults

By Gordon R. Friedman | The Oregonian/OregonLive | Posted July 24, 2018 at 03:41 PM | Updated July 24, 2018 at 03:44 PM

Welcome to the Quiet Skies [Incredible exposé of how the TSA is tracking regular American travelers in a super secret spy program]

By Jana Winter July 28, 2018 Boston Globe

YouTube video: Cleaning Up After Occupy ICE PDX [Portland, Oregon] Shut-down. The Messy. July 25

Commentary: Trump Would Be Right to Revoke Security Clearances of Former Officials

The Epoch Times By Jasper Fakkert July 24, 2018 1:07 pm Last Updated: July 24, 2018 8:16 pm

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants Carbon Tax, Trillions in Spending for ‘Renewable Energy Economy’

Breitbart News July 27, 2018

Sorry If You’re Offended, but Socialism Leads to Misery and Destitution

David Harsanyi / @davidharsanyi / Daily Signal July 27, 2018

Chinese Regime Recruits American Communists Beijing opens new chapter, seeking to take the lead among world’s communist parties

The Epoch Times By Trevor Loudon July 30, 2018 3:01 pm Last Updated: July 30, 2018 4:35 pm



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