When the NASA Space probe, Voyager 1, launched in 1977, it took Bach along with it via the “Golden Record.” A compilation of recorded sounds and images, the Golden Record includes seven classical tracks, three of which are works by Bach. Included are excerpts from the 2nd Brandenburg Concerto, Violin Partita No. 3 and Prelude and Fugue in C, No. 1 from Book 2 of the Well-Tempered Clavier.
By now, Voyager has left the solar system. And, just in case there’s any intelligent life out there in deep space, the timelessness of Bach’s music will certainly resonate.