Barnboksförfattaren Douglas ”R” Hofstadter når ett lågvattenmärke i att tala om Bach, i en intervju med en Tal Cohen:
I don’t pay all that much attention to who is performing … for me most top-notch performers sound very similar. There are of course subtle differences between great performers, but what counts most for me is the composer’s sequence of notes and harmonies, and that’s always there, just about perfectly. Small variations on how the notes and harmonies are produced can have small effects, but that’s all. Classical music is about the profound meanings put there by the composer, not about subtle tweaks on it brought out by the performer.
”At least that’s how I see it”, lägger han till, storsint.