Supposedly, Bach was fond of numbers. It is said that he was particularly partial to the number 14 since, using alphabetical numerology, the letters “B-A-C-H” add up to 14. And, since Bach wrote music meant to be played backwards and forward (at the same time!), he was also fond of the number 41. Bach scholars have documented many fascinating instances of these and other numbers and symbols hidden within the structure of Bach’s music. Read more about Bach symbolism here.
It’s not known whether Bach was simply amusing himself with his various numerology games, or if there was more to it than that. I can’t help but think that if Bach had been able to play the lottery, he might have died a wealthy man!