People have been going on pilgrimages for eons. Whether it’s to gaze upon the Shroud of Turin, visit the tomb of St. James or stand inside the vaulted nave of some distant cathedral, humans as a species have shown a remarkable capacity for uprooting themselves and their lives just for the chance to seek out meaning in some distant destination. In the Middle Ages, members of the faithful might travel for weeks on end to reach a holy site — some never arrived, and many never returned.
The final destination of all of Frank’s efforts remains to be seen, but the road to it runs through her roots. Her own unique compositional voice is essential to who she is today, a composer recognized internationally for her abilities and one of the leading voices for multiculturalism in music.
There is just no bad piece by Bach, as far as I can tell. But if I were to pick just one little corner of his music to use to introduce him to others, it would have to be his music for solo string instruments.