Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Stravinsky: God and music

Tuesday, July 28, 2009
    Commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach, musician, 1750

    Sing for joy to God our strength;
    shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
Begin the music, strike the tambourine,
    play the melodious harp and lyre.
    —Psalm 81:1,2 (NIV)

    The Church knew what the Psalmist knew: music praises God. Music is as well, or better, able to praise Him than the building of a church and all its decoration; it is the Church’s greatest ornament.
    ... Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), Conversations with Igor Stravinsky [1958], Robert Craft, Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1959 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    My heart sings Your praises, Lord.

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