Darkness vs. Light

Adagio for Strings Samuel Barber (1910 –1981) Fantasia Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) Samuel Barber (1910 –1981) is one of America’s most distinguished composers – he won the Pulitzer Prize in music twice. Very much the child prodigy, Barber was admitted to the Curtis School of Music (almost as famous as Julliard) at 14. He wrote classical…

Living with Paradox

"A Leaf in the Wind" W. Zeitler Chorale Prelude on "If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee" W. Zeitler Chaconne D. Buxtehude (1638-1707) In last week’s Music Box I wrote about Paradox – the idea that many (most?) Important Truths are paradoxical in nature. "The last will be first", "lose your life to save…

Faith, Reason and Paradox

Fugue in Em (BWV 548) "The Wedge" J.S.Bach (1685-1750) Chorale Prelude on "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" W. Zeitler Gavotte in Gm G.F.Handel (1685-1757) One of the bullet points of Luther’s theology was that many Important Truths are paradoxical in nature. "Three, yet one", "fully God and fully human", "the last will be first", "lose…

Coffee Hour

'Andante' from Organ Concerto Op.6 No.4 G.Handel (1685-1759) — organ One Sunday, having attended church in the country, Handel asked the organist to permit him to 'play the people out' (the postlude), and the organist agreed. Handel began to play in such a masterly fashion, however, that he attracted the attention of the whole congregation,…