German Melting Pot…

“Bach combined the flair of the Italian school, particulary Vivaldi, the striking rhythmic invention of the French, with the more complex and elaborately contapuntal German style.” p. 139

“… the geographical position of Germany in the middle of Europe… no European country had so many bordering states, either directly by land or indirectly by sea… making Germany more of a continental power than the other great European nations… resulted in it becoming the meeting place of different cultures: Roman civilization; Christianity; the barbarian east…” p. 330

The Cambridge Illustrated History of Germany, Martin Kitchen, 1996

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