Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bach: the aim of music

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
    Commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach, musician, 1750
    So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.
    —1 Corinthians 14:15 (NIV)
    The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. If heed is not paid to this, it is not true music but a diabolical bawling and twanging.
    ... J. S. Bach (1685-1750), Glory and Honor: the musical and artistic legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach, Gregory Wilbur & David Vaughan, Cumberland House Publishing, 2005, p. 1 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You alone fill all things with meaning.
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