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The Sound of Beauty: A Classical Composer on Music in the Spiritual Life

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Music remains something of a mystery to many people—ephemeral sounds floating invisibly through the air—here, and then gone. This book begins with the basic question of what music actually is, scientifically, employing simple, clear explanations of wave theory and the acoustics of sound as part of God's natural creation. It presents accessible and fascinating explanations ...more
Paperback, 215 pages
Published September 21st 2019 by Ignatius Press
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Anne
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I ruled the world, every pastor, liturgist, church musician, and worship committee would be required to read this book.
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This is a basic rundown of what music is. It's a difficult topic to tackle: How and why do we respond to music? What causes that response? It doesn't really provide answers, since everyone reacts to music differently, and there are scores of different styles and genres. Regardless, music expresses what words cannot.

Man's longings reach far beyond his capacity to verbalize them... these silent groanings are of an interior nature.


He goes on a tangent about the "ugliness" of modern art and music, w
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David Miller
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kurek starts with music as physics (the nature of sound waves and the ear), continues through music's effect on the emotions and the spirit, detours through the state of classical music in the world today, and finishes with a rousing call to sponsor and encourage music that is good, true, and beautiful.

He thoroughly documents the musical profession's participation in the same collapse to the bad, false, and ugly that characterized all other arts in the post-war period. Music that anybody would w
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Ted Hinkle
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THE SOUND OF BEAUTY is a comprehensive theological gift discussing all aspects of music. This book belongs on the shelf of all Catholic parishes, pastors, and music ministry coordinators. Michael Kurek provides an explanation of liturgical music as directed by Vation II while exploring numerous perspectives of sacred and secular music. It is a treasure which should be shared and cherished by all Catholic high school and college music programs. Thank you, Michael Kurek and Ignatius Press.
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