* CreatorWorship: To the highest degree, among music academics and aficionados. The only ones who rival him in respect and acclaim are Mozart and Beethoven.
* CriticalDissonance: Bach scholars tend to rate the cantatas and Passions as his greatest work; non-scholars and fans often prefer the instrumental music, such as the ''Goldberg Variations'', ''The Well-Tempered Clavier'', the suites for solo violin and solo cello, etc. This probably has something to do with the fact that the sacred vocal works are all [[RealityHasNoSubtitles sung in German]].
* VindicatedByHistory: Bach's music wasn't given the recognition it deserved until the 1800s.