Johann Sebastian Bach coded Bible verses and stories into his compositions—a technique later adopted by Frédéric François Chopin. In Bach and Chopin Decoded, pianist Meng Chan explores the ability of one brilliant composer to read another's thoughts through music, and the philosophical insights which can be gleaned from classical music masterpieces. In this book, Meng Chan is able to offer a convincing prove of who really composed the sometimes disputed 'Toccata and Fugue in D Minor-BWV 565'; using the codes that he had discovered.
Some may wonder why these methods of writing codes into music were hidden for so long. We can only speculate, but must be sensible to the fact that these musicians became giants long after their passing. In their own time, they were just musicians jostling with the others, attempting to make a living. They have grown in stature only because their music stood the test of time.
Exploring stories such as the second coming of Christ and how these composers managed to weave the tale into their music, Bach and Chopin Decoded reveals the startling innovation behind men commonly accepted as genius—but who were far more brilliant than we could have ever imagined.