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I'm thinking I may look at classical music as my first stop in reintroducing music into my life that isnt evil in appearance. Does anyone know of classical composers who were/are professing christians?

I found this book on CBD; http://www.christianbook.com/gift-music-great-composers-their-influence/jane-smith/9780891078692/pd/107869X?item_code=WW&netp_id=130712&event=ESRCG&view=details

Seems to have a fairly decent list.

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David nevue.

Pianist and composer - not classical as such but beautiful piano.
Some original, some arrangements of hymns. All instrumental, piano only, no vocals.

No idea what sort of Christian nor how strong.

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I'm thinking I may look at classical music as my first stop in reintroducing music into my life that isnt evil in appearance. Does anyone know of classical composers who were/are professing christians?

I found this book on CBD; http://www.christianbook.com/gift-music-great-composers-their-influence/jane-smith/9780891078692/pd/107869X?item_code=WW&netp_id=130712&event=ESRCG&view=details

Seems to have a fairly decent list.

I have read that Felix Mendelssohn was a born again Christian and also an ethnic Jew. 

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Mendelssohn, and Bach were definitely Christian.  It is debated whether Mozart was...he claimed to be but if he was, he didn't have a very good Christian testimony.  Then there are the ones who not only were not christian but were self proclaimed atheists and very antagonistic towards Christians such as Chopin (a sodomite) and Beethoven.

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Mendelssohn, and Bach were definitely Christian. It is debated whether Mozart was...he claimed to be but if he was, he didn't have a very good Christian testimony. Then there are the ones who not only were not christian but were self proclaimed atheists and very antagonistic towards Christians such as Chopin (a sodomite) and Beethoven.

Mozart and Tchaikovsky were Sodomites.
Mozart might have been the worst of all the famous ones.
Tchai was married, but his wife spent her nights roaming the Sodomite dens of Czarist Russia, searching for her husband. One of the saddest stories ever told.

Anishinaabe

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Handel seems to check out
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/131christians/musiciansartistsandwriters/handel.html

Same with Bach
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/131christians/musiciansartistsandwriters/bach.html

and I will check out David nevue. as per Dave W

any other classical music composers one can think of? sad to hear about Chopin and beethoven.

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what about someone like Vivaldi? he was ordained a priest in 1700's... OBvious catholic theology prOBlems. avoid his music too you think?

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Antonin Dvorak... wrote some christian themed music....but RCC... a lot of RCC composers.

Edited by Jordan G

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I'm still not sure how this all fits in with the "avoid anything that moves the flesh" concept. To me it often seems one confuses the flesh with emotions, which God created and can be good. Classical music has often stirred me far more than rock or country. I know some folks who really get fired up listening to classical music. Classical music has long been used to stir folks to action and also used in movies to stir folks up, build up the drama and otherwise engage one fully in the movie.

 

On the other hand, my wife can't stand classical music, and other than a couple songs from many years ago, she's not liked any rock she's heard.

 

One young lady at our church sometimes performs a beautiful piece of classical music on the piano when the plates are passed around. This is only once or twice a year. She's so good, I would enjoy hearing her play more often.

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I have been listening to classical music for 'years and years, and years...', ok, for a long time.

Never really got into the idea of 'were the composers Christians?'. The music is beautiful, and

glorifies this thought - peace of mind. And I think that is a natural part of living, that we can 'rest'

in the beauty of something 'clean'.

Mostly no words. Hardly a tune to 'whistle' to. Really no beat, as a rhythm anyway.

It makes the mind 'not subject to passions of this life' able to think, and I like to think.

I can remember the scriptures and subjects from the word of God while listening to classical music.

My favorite 'tune' - Franz Liszt, Les Preludes, Symphonic Poem #3. Flows using all kinds of instruments.

In our home we call classical music - Bugs Bunny Music.  :coverlaugh:

Edited by Genevanpreacher

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I've heard many classical songs that brought up thoughts of war and battle! Some that bring to mind love and romance. Some which make me long for adventure. Some of these I've at various times also heard in movies.

 

I enjoy classical music but don't listen to it much anymore.

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Classical music is as varied as any other genre.

Some of it was sung - because a great deal of classical has words - in pubs and in popular settings, and some of it is downright lustfull and even devilish in its themes and subjects.

But some of it is beautiful.

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what about someone like Vivaldi? he was ordained a priest in 1700's... OBvious catholic theology prOBlems. avoid his music too you think?

 

If you want to make doctrine or denomination a requirement before listening, you'll be looking for a long time.  

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I have been a classical music fan for years and years, and..well ok, a long time.  ;)  Nothing tells a story without words better than a well written classical piece.  Who can't imagine the journey and scenery in a  piece like the William Tell Overture.  Who can't see and feel the raw emotion of love, heartache, and betrayal displayed in all 3 movements of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, or feel the anger in his "Appassionata".  Who can't see the beauty of the seasons in Vivaldi's Four Seasons.  If you have not listened to Itzhak Perlman playing the Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate with conductor James Levine, you are missing out on an awesome emotional ride.   www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEmbFSiJzEQ

 

Bro. Garry

Edited by 2bLikeJesus

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DaveW,

You do realize that what you said in your post #17 is the same thing many Christians say about CCM and Southern Gospel don't you?


;)

I was concerned that people seem to have a sanitized view of classical music which is simply not the truth.

Opera for instance is often foul, lustfull, and even Satanic.

And some of it has heavy beat, heavy drums, and clashing musical tones.

Being classical music does not automatically make it all right.

That is my point. ;)

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Sounds like something I've heard regarding CCM and Southern Gospel too.

Anyway, what about waltz's?


?????

Popular dance music?
Some of it sounds nice.
It is meant to make you want to move on a dance floor.

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I was concerned that people seem to have a sanitized view of classical music which is simply not the truth.

Opera for instance is often foul, lustfull, and even Satanic.

And some of it has heavy beat, heavy drums, and clashing musical tones.

Being classical music does not automatically make it all right.

That is my point. ;)

 

I do not listen to opera music, just the symphonies, and some really nice classical guitar music. I think most here when talking about 'classical' mean the same.

And no one is saying anything about it being perfect, just as all gospel music in our hymn books are not perfect.

When David played for Saul, the scriptures do not say he sung, but played his instrument.

And that music did something good for Saul.

That is what some classical music does, it soothes.

 

Now if there were 'nasty' stuff in it, it goes without saying we shouldn't listen to it.

We are adults with the mind to control our music. Let's not do a no no and act as

if we can't make right decisions when it comes to musical instruments. 

 

And about the clanging of cymbals and drums and such, come on, that is in no way

like some CCM/southern gospel rock n roll beats. They are a repetitive type of patterned beat.  

Edited by Genevanpreacher

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