It is undeniable that death was an exceptionally inspiring subject for Bach. In his own life death was omnipresent. Bach is orphaned as a little boy, he loses his first wife at a young age (she is already buried when he comes home from a trip), and as many as nine of his children die before the age of ten. So much suffering – it is almost impossible to imagine. It is obvious that by putting texts like ‘Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod’ (BWV 82) or ‘Mir eekelt mehr zu leben’ (BWV 170) to music, Bach tried to deal with death, maybe even to be reconciled with it. This positive approach to death is all the more striking because Lutheranism, to which Bach is so closely related in many ways, considers death the greatest enemy of all, as the one thing Christ had to overcome.