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21-10-2012, 01:56 AM (This post was last modified: 21-10-2012 02:01 AM by Vera.)
RE: Would you be interested in reading the Christian Bible...
Quote:That's what I say. Art belongs to humanity, not religion. Art passed through a religious phase, and they were mutually beneficial. Doesn't mean it has to stay stuck there. Great art is great art.

Absolutely, art belongs to humanity. It truly annoys me when people say "Without Christianity we'd have had no Bach." What a load of bull. We have Bach because he was a genius, not because of an old book full of old wives' tales... And what about Khayyam - whom are we indebted to for him?

(One last derailment - that's what always bugged me in Christianity - everything good that you do is because of god, be humble and thank him for you are nothing. Anything bad you do comes out of your own wickedness and sinfulness... And then we wonder why humanity's so screwed up... you beat a child every day and tell him he's basically a piece of shit and see what he grows up to be...)

Quote:So . . . to name some religious or religiously inspired music that has been meaningful to me, off the top of my head:

Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610

Bach: B Minor Mass

Mozart: Requiem

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis

Berlioz: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem; Stabat Mater

Brahms: A German Requiem

Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms

Britten: War Requiem (not really religious, although it uses some of the traditional Latin text; overwhelming)

Minus any one of these, the world would be a poorer place.
Pergolesi's Stabat Mater - out of this world.

Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans - stunning. Same with the rest of his religious works.

Gregorian music in general; same with so much mediaeval and renaissance religious works.

"E se non passa la tristezza con altri occhi la guarderĂ²."
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RE: Would you be interested in reading the Christian Bible... - Vera - 21-10-2012 01:56 AM
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