Wednesday, 11 January 2006

Essential compositions for theologians

Our local classical music aficionado, Jim West, has created a list of essential compositions for theologians. Here’s Jim’s comment, followed by his list of 15 essential compositions:

It’s a well known fact that Karl Barth began his day with breakfast, coffee, the newspaper, and Mozart. In my estimation that’s why he was the theologian he was: his wisdom in listening to Mozart each day before he began his work. Productive minds spring from the ground of productive soil. And nothing feeds the mind like excellent music (and it also feeds the soul). So, which compositions are essential for theologians? What are the compositions not only without which theologians cannot do their work, but without which life itself becomes frivolous and empty?

1. Mozart’s Requiem (KV 626)
2. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, 4th Movement (Ode to Joy)
3. Michael Haydn’s Divertimento In C Major For Violin, Cello, & B.C. (P99) [3] Menuet
4. Mozart’s Symphony in No. 32 in G major (KV 318)
5. Michael Haydn’s Symphony Number 18
6. Michael Haydn’s Symphony Number 26
7. Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto A Major, (KV 622) - I. Allegro
8. Mozart’s Les petits riens, KV App. 10/299b
9. Johann Christian Bach’s Amadis des Gaules
10. Johann Christian Bach’s Symphony Number 1 in D Major
11. Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto Number 5
12. Mozart’s Don Giovanni
13. Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
14. Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte
15. Martin Luther’s Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott

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