March 7, 2017

75 masterpieces every Christian should know : the by Terry Glaspey

By Terry Glaspey

Many of the maximum painters, musicians, architects, writers, filmmakers, and poets have taken their idea from their religion and impacted thousands of individuals with their lovely creations. Now readers can notice the tales at the back of seventy-five of those masterpieces and the artists who created them. From the paintings of the Roman catacombs to Rembrandt to Makoto Fujimura; from Gregorian Chant to Bach to U2; from John Bunyan and John Donne to Flannery O'Connor and Frederick Buechner; this publication unveils the wealthy and sundry creative history left by means of believers who have been masters at their craft.
Author and historian Terry Glaspey stocks the soaking up real tales at the back of those masterpieces and is helping readers see the attention-grabbing information they could have overlooked. by means of searching through the eyes of those artistic artists, readers will achieve deeper views in regards to the human , the Christian tale, and their very own non secular lives.

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It was an overnight hit that was a thousand years in the making! Perhaps it is a sign of our stress-laden modern age that these simple and mysterious musical compositions from the Middle Ages would speak to us in such a fresh way, calling us toward stillness, inner quiet, and peace. They are, in that much-overused term, timeless. Gregorian chant has demonstrated a peculiar power to help its hearers quiet the mind and bring about an inner quietude and stillness. The gently rising and falling tones are sung in unison to a simple melody and without any instrumental accompaniment, showcasing the strength of voices joining together in praise.

We see clouds, seas, vines, leaves, trees, insects, birds, sheep, fish, and domestic animals in the windows and statues. We see portraits of people busy at work at their trades, or engaged in some virtue or vice. Alongside these natural images we find portrayals of the biblical miracles, glorious angelic figures, and terrifying demons. And bridging this world and the next are the depictions in glass and stone of departed saints. These blessed dead surround the visitor to a Gothic cathedral. Their figures frame the doorways and radiate from the stained glass, and in many cases their actual bodies lie under the floors and their relics in the altars.

There have been many developments and innovations throughout the centuries, but the basic structure of the chant remains unchanged and continues to be practiced in monasteries throughout the Christian world. Though contemporary chants may be a bit more complex and polyphonic, they are still recognizable to the ear as the kind of singing that has been practiced for so many centuries. Chant has always been the primary music of the monasteries. When Benedict created his Rule for monks, he made the singing of psalms a central part of the life of the monastery.

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