It is not surprising that as agile a mind as Bach's would enjoy verbal puzzles and cryptic delitescent meanings and messages. His acrostics extended to writing a fugue on the letters of his own last name (one of the final pieces he composed, just after he finished his monumental creation, "The Art of the Fugue"). In eighteenth century German musical notation, 'B' designated B Flat while 'H' indicated B Natural in the musical scale. Hence, "B A C H" would be played as:

A curious latent feature of the Musical Offering is the
recurrence of the number **eight**, the count of measures in Frederick's
theme. As can be seen in the table of contents shown above, their are **eight**
primary "offerings" with one of them, the second, hierarchically encapsulating
another **eight**. It turns out that their are **eight** letters
in the word "RICERCAR".

Bach's name, if the letters are numbered according to
their position in the alphabet, is 2 1 3 8. If we consider that triple
and duple times define the scope of rhythmic metres in Baroque music, Bach
could be easily enchanted with the interplay of two's and three's, particularly
since they occur in his name. Imbedded in that name is the fact that **B
* (A + C) = H**! **Eight** is, of course, **2** raised to the **3**rd
power. Also, the sum of the ordinal digits representing the letters in
Bach's name is 14, a number which can be expressed as ( 2*3 + 2^3). The
sum of the digits in 14 is 5, or (2 + 3).

Moreover, it can be observed that Bach was born on March
21, 1685. In "reducing" this date numerologically to the recursive sum
of its digits, (3, 2+1, 1+6+8+5) becomes (3,3,20) or (3+3+2) or **eight**!
Perhaps, since the **eighth** letter terminates Bach's name, he associated
it with his own terminus and apotheosis, or ascent to **H**immel (heaven)
to join his **H**eiland (saviour) that actually occurred only three
years after he composed the Musikalisches Opfer. Perhaps, hidden in the
labyrinths of Bach's massive musical temple, there are other mysterious
"**eight's**."
*Quaerendo invenietis!*