Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.

10 Romantic Composers

1. BRAHMS, Johannes 1833 - 1897 German composer and pianist considered a leading composer in the romantic period.
2. WAGNER, Richard 1813 – 1883) German composer, theatre director, polemicist and conductor. primarily known for his operas.
3. TCHAIKOVSKY, Pyotr Ilyich 1840 – 1893 Russian composer of the late-Romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular music in the classical repertoire.
4. PAGANINI, Niccolo 1782 – 1840 Italian violinist, violist, guitarist and composer. The most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, he left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique.
5. LISZT Franz 1811 – 1886 Prolific Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, organist, philanthropist, author, nationalist and Franciscan tertiary.
6. CHOPIN, Frederic 1810 – 1849 Polish composer and virtuoso pianist who wrote primarily for the solo piano. Gained and maintained renown worldwide as a leading musician of his era. His "poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation."
7. MUSSORGSKY, Modest Petrovich 1839 – 1881 Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". An innovator of Russian music, he strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music.
8. MENDELSSOHN, Felix 1809 – 1847 Short lived German composer, pianist, organist and conductor formerly known as Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.
9. BERLIOZ, Hector 1803 – 1869 French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts (Requiem). He made significant contributions to the modern orchestra with his Treatise on Instrumentation.
10. DVORAK, Antonin 1841 – 1904 Czech composer. After Smetana, he was the second Czech composer to achieve worldwide recognition. Following Smetana's nationalist example, he frequently employed aspects, specifically rhythms, of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia.

2 comments:

Robert Strivens said...

Wot about Schumann?

Gary Brady said...

Couldn't shoe him in. Perhpas he should replace Paganini.