Beauty in Dark Times

There is a very interesting set of upcoming events for those living in the Indianapolis area, focusing on the music of Arvo Pärt. On February 4th at 7pm, at St. George’s Orthodox Church in Fishers, Indiana, there will be performances of Pärt’s music, one choreographed with a dance performance by students from the Indianapolis School [Read More...]

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra 20th Anniversary Classical Concert

Here are the videos of MYO’s Orchestra A’s performances at their recent Classical Concert at the Hilbert Circle Theater. They performed a movement from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony: The Bach Concerto for Two Violins (with double the soloists): And Hoedown from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo: If you’d like to learn more about the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, here’s [Read More...]

A Bible Typo as Prelude to the Hymn of Jesus

The Acts of John concludes with Jesus leading his disciples in song (with words that Gustav Holst famously set to music). Abram Kielsmier-Jones spotted a typo in an English heading in his Greek New Testament, which may provide the backstory to the incident in the Acts of John: [Read more...]

Silent Night (arr. Stephen Paulus)

This arrangement of Silent Night by Stephen Paulus was featured on Performance Today recently, and it is stunningly beautiful and hauntingly moving. And from the same episode of Performance Today, here is advice from Fred Child and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu on how not to have your performance of Silent Night crash and burn towards the end: [Read more...]

The Music of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I’m not sure whether it has always been true that the music in Star Wars is something that I notice only on a second viewing, or after hearing the soundtrack separately, or whether J. J. Abrams has the music feature less prominently than George Lucas did at key moments. But there is some truly wonderful [Read More...]

Poetenes Evangelium

I recently learned that there is an album in Norwegian featuring songs the lyrics of which are poems about the life of Christ. The vocalist is Morten Harket- perhaps known to some of you as the lead singer of A-ha. The video above is one of the tracks, a “Hymn to Joseph.”   [Read more...]

A Spaceman Came Traveling

A newer rendition of the classic sci-fi Christmas song by Chris DeBurgh, “A Spaceman Came Traveling,” here performed by Celtic Women. This performance was drawn to my attention via the new book from Rowman and Littlefield, The Bible in Music: A Dictionary of Songs, Works, and More. [Read more...]

Fanfares, Marches, Hymns, and Finale

It has been a while since I’ve shared a piece of music, and so here is some Bruce Broughton for you to enjoy. I caught the end of the piece on the radio yesterday and knew I needed to look it up. [Read more...]

References in “50 Ways to Forge a Gospel”

At some point I’ll post a listener’s guide, if necessary, to the song “50 Ways to Forge a Gospel,” which I shared here recently, the YouTube video of which I’ve embedded above. It is full of references to specific forgeries, pseudepigraphies, novels, and other kinds of Jesus literature both ancient and modern, both canonical and [Read More...]

50 Ways to Forge a Gospel

As the song lyrics indicate, it genuinely was at the 2015 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium that I got the idea for this song, and mentioned it to Bart Ehrman over a drink after his keynote address, which was the primary inspiration for the song, although the whole range of papers were in mind and there [Read More...]

Music From the Sorrowing Earth of Qumran

Jim Davila mentioned this piece, “From Sorrowing Earth” by Nigel Butterley, on his blog recently, indicating that the composer was inspired to write another piece, “In the Head the Fire,” by the War Scroll from Qumran. I have not tracked down a recording of the latter piece – if anyone can point me in the [Read More...]


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