I love music (in college I initially was a music major and dreamed of playing jazz for a living). Having studying music theory I understand well the significance of Johann Sebastian Bach. No one person is more important in the history of western music than him. One of things I really appreciate about Bach is his perspective on the purpose of music.
Sam Crabtree writes:
Today is the 325th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, who said, “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”
If one’s soul pursues delight in music without regard to glorifying God, music becomes an idol that eventually disappoints and robs.
But if one’s soul finds delight in glorifying God with music, then the two things (the glorifying of God and the refreshment of the soul) are not two things, but one.
Full disclosure said in a low voice with face looking down: I don’t actually enjoy listening to his music.