The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Friday, March 23, 2007

Listen to Mozart.....

The music of Mozart in all its sunny depth, its open clarity, is surely the most beautiful revelation of Apollonian movement in the modern world. Everything dark, everything ecstatic, everything intoxicated and disintegrating, everything infinite and unaccountable is excluded, and yet, whoever has heard the music of Mozart revealed, that miracle of God, knows that therein sounds not only the depth of life, but also the melody of the beyond.

-Gerardus van der Leeuw, Sacred and Profane Beauty: the Holy in Art

....and be happy.

Have a nice day. (I have his Clarinet Concerto playing in my head right now.)


At 11:36 AM, Blogger Victoria said...

you know, I've always prefered the more bacchanalian tones of Beethoven. so dark and brooding and exciting. hmm. I wonder what that says about me?

At 2:11 PM, Blogger AG said...

I'm listening to the Coronation Mass (K 317) right now. And I think there's alot of ecstasy in Mozart! It's just the ecstasy "above the earth."

At 5:54 AM, Blogger Londiniensis said...

When the angels play before the Throne of God, they play Bach, but when they play for their own pleasure, they play Mozart ... and God eavesdrops.

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