Wincing Devil...your cat pix are wonderful! Of course, being people, cats are individuals, and anything they are asked to do that is not their idea is made extremely difficult. The first pic on your site does not come up. Only a large rectangle with paw prints is visible...but no cats. Those next two though, are adorable! What great faces!
I agree wholeheartedly with your view that the human voice is the most difficult instrument to master. But having worked with MANY instrumental musicians, I know they are of a different opinion.
Thanks Leeneia for the Lutheran insights into Jesu...I'm sure all of the points that have been raised figured in Bach's decision to time it the way he did. And though he originally wrote it for the church, I think he probably had in mind that it would ultimately be played in other places as well. The church was the place where it would, at that time, have the widest exposure. Everyone could afford to go to church, but not everyone had the money to go to concerts. Bach had 20 children...the man had to earn some money. The church and the monarchy/aristocracy were the only patrons.