In our Bach and Sons organ and media event, I narrate part of the show as Sara Levy, an inveterate patron of the arts. Sara Levy is known to us today as a woman who knew the Bach family and collected as much of the music by Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons as possible, preserving it for future generations. It was her Christmas gift of Johann Sebastian Bach’s score of the St. Matthew Passion to her great-nephew, Felix Mendelssohn, that in effect started the 19th century Bach revival.
Sara Levy, patron of the arts:
- recognized the magnitude of the music of the old master Johann Sebastian Bach;
- had a passion for collecting the scores of Bach, sparing them from being used as wrapping paper or simply being lost;
- gifted the score of one of the most monumental works by JS Bach to her famously talented great-nephew which led to the first performance of the work since Bach’s death
- made sure that the incredible music of Johann Sebastian Bach lived on not only in her lifetime and ours but into the future.