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 Post subject: Re: Christian Music
PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:16 am 
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@Frelga: entsprungen literally means "has sprung up" or better "arisen". The whole title of the Carol literally translates as "a rose has sprung up" (I realize, of course that your comment was meant as a joke ^^. Curiously, I think the Ents would have liked or at least been puzzled by one aspect of modern German: compound words. See this English Wikipedia entry for more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donaudamp ... sellschaft)


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 Post subject: Re: Christian Music
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:31 pm 
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It's ironic that an atheist is the most regular contributor to this thread :P

Listen to this - it's gorgeous:


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 Post subject: Re: Christian Music
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:29 pm 
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Some of the greatest music ever written grew out of religious faith.

I remember years ago reading a dismissive New Yorker review of an oratorio that began by saying something like how odd it was that such music was still being performed now that we have all become too sophisticated for those old stories to have any meaning.

If he couldn’t hear the music through his thick coating of sophistication, it was his loss. I knew plenty of atheist musicians back in the day who could hear it just fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Christian Music
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:46 pm 
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Do you remember what the oratorio was?

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 Post subject: Re: Christian Music
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:26 pm 
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I don’t, alas. I remember I’d heard of it, but wasn’t familiar with it.

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