Peter Clark Posted February 8, 2007 Share Posted February 8, 2007 I am planning a recital for April and was intending to include Reger's Dankpsalm but I read recently that it was composed as a kind of "war victory celebration" or something, giving thanks for the safe return of German soldiers in WW1. As a sworn anti-war sort of bloke, is there an ethical problem inherent in my performing pieces which might be said to in some way "glorify" war? Then I turned my thoughts to other similar issues. Given that Luther was fiercely anti-Semitic, would it be correct to assume that some earlier Lutheran musicians - including JSB - might have at least partially inherited this trait from the founder of their church and that this might be reflected in their music and/or the texts they chose to set? But you can take this even further I suppose by questioning the morality of singing on a fairly regular basis hymns and other music which fetes the excruciating cruel death of a young preacher about 2000 years ago. I'm thinking about eg the ghastly "and when I think that God his Son not sparing sent him to die..." A penny for them, people Peter Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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