Christian Thought Volume 4

Christian Thought Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...with them at all, here and now, but rather with the essential relation of music to man's mental and spiritual being that underlies these, as also all the higher phenomena of art-influence exerted by it--a relation complemental, not supplemental--in some sense, as in physics the interblending of the rays of solar light is related to the eye, or the sounds of the common chord are to the ear; a relation, in the recognition of which lies the only basis for a true theory of music, or of the finest processes of culture that have been achieved by it. One of the most significant and valuable of recent utterances in the line of this general statement is, the address of Dr. Munger, entitled "Music, a Revelation of God and of the Future," delivered before this Institute a year ago. In this address it is urged with great force that _as science is the revelation of truth and law, to be received by man's reason, so sound is the revelation of feeling to be received by man's emotional nature. A world governed by a capricious Deity would be divested of the.possibility of a science, and so music could never exist in the realm of a God without feeling, without sympathy, without love. It is not asserted that impressions received by the eye or the touch are incapable of awakening emotion, but it is asserted that the intervention of form and material substance are serious hindrances to it, in that they of necessity compel the first and 244 THE MISSION OF MUSIC TO JPIIND AND IIEART. " principal attention, so that not until the object seen or touched is apprehended and appreciated by the reason and judgment, can it affect the feeling; whereas, in music, nothing whatever stands between the spiritual state, out of which the...
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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236863054
  • 9781236863058