Thoughts from a Musician's Heart
FOCUSING ON GOD'S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
Our orchestra recently performed a few pieces that inspired me to contemplate the emotion of
love and its context in music. I'm sure we all have our favorite works of music or particular
composers that we adore. Which of your favorite pieces stirs up deep emotion or transports your
mind and heart to a place of peace? Is there a specific instrument or ensemble to which you
A few of the selections we recently performed are the Korngold Violin Concerto, Bloch's Nigun
(violin and orchestra), and Mahler's First Symphony. The most unfamiliar piece to me was
Korngold's Violin Concerto https://youtu.be/TX5cdijuzjs. I was so taken with the soaring
melodies and rich harmonies in the first and second movements. Mahler surprises us with an
intimate and passionate melody in the key of D flat in the middle of the last movement https://youtu.be/5IQDQ9Qw0bQ. Bloch's Nigun (Improvisation) is from Baal Shem, Three
Pictures from Hassidic Life https://youtu.be/CGB_16bsXVw. In this movement, the music
sounds like a tumultuous outcry of pleading in prayer. Perhaps you will listen to these pieces and
have a completely different opinion or reaction, but I was intrigued to know what inspired these
composers to write such emotional music. We may never know what inspired such
compositional mastery, but I believe each of these composers must have experienced deep love
in their lifetimes.
As I listened to each of the pieces above, I found myself focusing on God's unconditional love.
Whether or not a composer knows this love, I believe God can use a person's music to draw you
closer to Him.
From Isaiah 54:10
For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,"
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
From Colossians 3:14
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Here are few other noteworthy pieces I encourage you to check out:
Romance by Gerald Finzi https://youtu.be/7kjvB1lzZyk.
Serenade by Edward Elgar – Second movement https://youtu.be/CLqztQAI1Eo.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra by Antonin Dvorak https://youtu.be/NI5nuKF6ADk
I encourage you to find a few of your favorite pieces, and while listening to them, meditate on
scripture and draw close to God