Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Stravinsky: must one believe?

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
    Commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach, musician, 1750
    That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.
    —1 John 1:1-2 (NIV)
    In a conversation:
R.C.: Must one be a believer to compose in these [church music] forms?
I.S.: Certainly, and not merely a believer in “symbolic figures,” but in the person of the Lord, the person of the devil, and the miracles of the Church.
    ... Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), Conversations with Igor Stravinsky [1958], Robert Craft, Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1959, p. 143 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 1:1-2; John 1:4; 11:25-26; 14:6; Eph. 6:12; 1 John 5:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your reality exceeds all my perceptions.
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