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I found myself nodding in agreement more and more as I read Martyn's
paper - until it dawned on me that the beautiful Bach Cantata to which I
was listening at the time, like nearly all his hundreds of cantatas, was
probably written in two or three days. Maybe genius manifests itself not
just by the quality of achievement but also by the speed of its