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  1. So, after stating I don't care much for Bach several times in the shoutbox over the course of a year, I have decided to lay my case for why I dislike Bach. Personal Taste: To start, I will look point to my own subjective tastes. I find Bach's ideas to be highly annoying. In all his work, I can only think of a small handful (3 or 4) ideas which I really admire. The rest seem overtaxed, overused, and highly ridiculous. I don't care for his particular brand of the Baroque aesthetic. Use of Ideas: In being forced to look through Bach's scores many times in my life... I have found that his use and expansion of idea is severely lacking in relation to that of other composers from before, during, and after his time period. Many times, he doesn't necessarily develop as he intentionally repeats his ideas in different registers, etc. I can find more interesting developmental passages in the work of Handel, Buxtehude, and other contemporaries AND even in works far before his time that present a much better picture on how to develop than that which Bach provides. Harmonic Usage: Perhaps the most annoying thing to me is the result of Bach's conservative view of Harmony. Many composers during his time explored harmony to a far greater extent then him. Bach, on the other hand, sticks mainly due to the fact that his music was extremely perfect in voice leading - largely, I feel, the reason his style of voice leading became (and in many ways still is) the system taught today. For those reasons... and many more... I feel Bach is one of the MOST overrated composers of all time.
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