Friday, November 23, 2007

From harmony, from heavenly harmony

A little Trinitarian creation music from John Dryden for yesterday (St Cecilia's day) as heard today to Handel's music at UCCF New Staff Training on Trinity. Contrasting monadic views of god that led to music without a beat, like gregorian chanting... and trinitarian's music which is full of difference. Celebrating the nature of Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit loving one another. Woop!
From harmony, from heavenly harmony,
This universal frame began:
When nature underneath a heap
Of jarring atoms lay,
And could not heave her head,
The tuneful voice was heard from high,
'Arise, ye more than dead!'
Then cold, and hot, and moist, and dry,
In order to their stations leap,
And Music's power obey.
From harmony, from heavenly harmony,
This universal frame began:
From harmony to harmony
Through all the compass of the notes it ran,
The diapason closing full in Man.


  1. Speaking of Trinitarian music, I still have a little work to do on mine! Thanks for the reminder!

  2. I grew up with "Trinity Hymnal". Score.

    Anyway, on that theory of music, all composers in the baroque period were polytheists, with all that interweaving polyphonic lines of melody ;-) Or were they more bhuddist, that the many is part of the One? I'm not convinced. It's a very "Western civilisation" view of music... Bach might have been a genius at making one violin sound like 3 playing interweaving, harmonising tunes at the same time, but I don't think it was trinitarian at base, even if his lyricist did write one of the best Passions ever. I'm pretty sure the monastic tradition in Ireland went for the usual fairly gregorian chant-like stuff, while being one of the most Trinitarian movements around.

    Nice idea though. Certainly our music should reflect our theology proper - can see this worked out in "modern" classical which mostly celebrates dissonance, disorder and decreation.

  3. I dunno if the theory works but I like it, and certainly like the idea that life and music etc get shaped by our beliefs. Puts a different spin on 'christian music' too. A better one.