I have been learning piano for many years and am able to really enjoy the music of Beethoven and Chopin. When it comes to Bach, I shamefully admit, I can't see why he is held in such high esteem. His work just seems like scales coming one after the other and one over the other. I am not able to associate any emotions with them. I think this inability could be due to one or more of the following:
- My ear for perceiving polyphony is not yet developed. As it happens over time, I will be able to see things in proper light.
- I am from India and I have grown up in a different musical tradition. Most of the music here is based on a system that has no harmony. I cannot relate to Bach due to this cultural shift.
- Only people who have a gift to appreciate such music, whose brains are designed to comprehend it, can like it.
I want to know which of these comes closest to the truth. Or is there any other reason?
Is it possible to train myself to enjoy his music? If yes, how can this be done?