31. August 2020

Social distancing in 14th-century Florence / Soziale Distanzierung im Florenz des 14. Jahrhundert

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ENGLISH A horrifying illness In 1348, the Black Death raged throughout Italy. Probably half the population of Florence died, and in the years 1347-1351 the disease claimed one third of the population of Europe, radically changing society. “Social distancing” was practised by those who could afford it, that…
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17. August 2020

online TUNE INs

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Dear TUNE IN friends, We invite to visit the online TUNE INs put together for the summer break by our team. They are addressed not only to participants in the “Crescendo Summer Institute”, who had to stay at home this year and could not experience the daily TUNE IN sessions live. We wish you much joy with the following topics: What truly matters –…
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12. Juli 2020

Conspire to inspire / Inspiration braucht Konspiration

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ENGLISH Let us look at the fifth thesis in our series on “Art and Church”: In the churches, it can be seen how “beautiful” Christian fellowship is. It is not easy, but important, that artists, too, should be part of the “Body of Christ” and should be set on fire with the longing for Christian fellowship. This will also bear fruit in their artistic activities. Will the…
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25. Juni 2020

«Looking at people’s jaws» / «Dem Volk auf’s Maul schauen»

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ENGLISH This week we continue with the theses on “Art, Artists and Church” (see TUNE IN 327). Thesis 4: By incorporating good art, churches develop their language. Artists are therefore important in the church. Further thoughts: When working on his Bible translation, Martin Luther looked at “the people’s jaws”. He noted the language of the people around him in order to make the message understandable. Today, too, the churches should…
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17. Juni 2020

How beautiful are our churches? / Wie schön sind unsere Kirchen?

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ENGLISH A year ago, the Swiss branch of ARTS+ invited artists and theologians to a symposium. One of the topics was the relationship linking art, artists and church. They also discussed 20 theses on the subject of “art, artists and church”. For this and the next editions of our TUNE INs we have reformulated these theses and added questions. They are therefore an invitation to join in the discussion….
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09. Juni 2020

«I feel like a blank piece of music paper» / «Ich fühle mich wie ein leeres Notenblatt»

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ENGLISH A musician was describing his feelings: «At this time, when I cannot perform in public, I feel like a blank piece of music paper.» A colleague responded at once: she has similar feelings, she said, yet it is also good to get rid of ballast. Now, concerts are not necessarily ballast. And cancelling concerts, as we know, produces financial losses. Nevertheless, there was something in…
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03. Juni 2020

Wochentext von Matthias Krieg / Ekinci

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Ilyas zieht den Handkarren weiter. Mirza und Azad stützen den Fernseher rechts und links. Sie kommen in die Nähe der Höhle, die auf dem Weg runter zum Bach liegt. Die Kinder tragen den ins Bettlaken eingeschlagenen Fernseher zur Höhle am Bach. Sie sprechen nicht. Sie verständigen sich mit Handbewegungen. Vier Kinder, in sich versunken, die schweigen. Als ob jemand aus der Ferne…
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15. Mai 2020

«The whole world is running after him» / «Alle Welt läuft ihm nach»

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  ENGLISH In the church of St. Paul in Basel, where (in normal times) CREATIVE CHURCH takes place on a monthly base, there is a wall mosaic with two biblical scenes, created by Heinrich Altherr (1874-1951). When the church was built in 1901, Altherr was still a young artist, yet his work is astonishingly mature. Two mosaic pictures The wall mosaic still owes much to the  «art nouveau»…
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05. Mai 2020

Easter in Zell / Die Zeller Ostern

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ENGLISHIn the church year, the time between Easter and Ascension Day is known as «the time of Easter joy». We are therefore bringing you a short Easter song for children. It comes from Switzerland and was written in 1972.The composerPaul Burkhard (1911-1977) was conductor of the Swiss Radio Orchestra…
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20. April 2020

Wochentext von Matthias Krieg / Azorin

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Empfindet ihr nicht eine tiefe Liebe zu den Bahnhöfen? Die Bahnhöfe, in den grossen Städten, sind es, die jeden Morgen zuerst das unerbittliche Leben des Alltags wec­ken. Und zuallererst sind es die Laternen der Bahnarbeiter, die vorbei gehen, sich kreuzen, kreisen, zurückkommen, sich von einer Seite zur andern wenden, hart am Boden, geheimnisvoll, geschäftig, verschwiegen. Und dann sind es die Handkarren, die…
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18. April 2020

In the tunnel or in the artist’s changing room? / Im Tunnel oder im Künstlerzimmer?

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ENGLISHIn the tunnelA short story written in 1952 by Friedrich  Dürrenmatt (1921-1990; the author of the worldwide success «The visit of the old lady») has a prophetic feel to it: On a short rail journey, the passengers notice that the tunnel is becoming ever longer and steeper – and, correspondingly, the train is accelerating. At the end of the story come these words: «What should we…
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08. April 2020

Invitation to reflect on the St. John’s Passion / Einladung zur Besinnung mit der Johannespassion

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ENGLISH In the long hours of this lockdown, many people have time to reflect on the Passion and Easter at home. Art and music can help us to meditate on the salvific events surrounding the Cross and the Resurrection and to forge a new inner connection with them.In an earlier TUNE IN,…
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01. April 2020

“Befiehl du deine Wege…” / “Entrust your paths…”

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David Chin
ENGLISHAn “edifying” performanceDuring these recent weeks of lockdown, countless creative posts have appeared on the Internet and continue to reach us almost hourly. Some of these are extremely humorous and help us, as a kind of therapeutic psycho-hygiene, while we work through the shock we are currently experiencing. And some of them are also reflective and, in the best sense, «edifying», as…
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17. März 2020

Wochentext von Matthias Krieg / Plessen

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Noch vor dem Frühling: / Jetzt will ich reisen / die Träume / Vogel / Sonnenwind und Meer / und ich lese / schwirr wirr / Namen / Ione, Atthis / das Licht / In Gedichten, / ich lade mich den Worten auf / ‘… und Jupiter in seiner Gänse Obhut …’ Elisabeth Plessen, Sehnsucht, 2008. <!-- wp:paragraph...
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12. März 2020

We need encouragement / Wir brauchen Ermutigung

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ENGLISHEmpty seatsAt the moment, in many countries which are affected by the corona virus, cultural and sporting events are taking place in front of reduced crowds or even before rows of empty seats. In the latter case, instead of spectators or listeners, there are only a few cameras to be seen. Nothing is more depressing, for example, than satire without a single…
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25. Februar 2020

Isaiah’s Song of the Vineyard: an example of great poetry / Jesajas Weinberglied: Ein Beispiel grosser Dichtung

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Isaiah by Michelangelo ENGLISH In Isaiah 5 we find a song which speaks of God’s love for his people Israel. It is set in the context of the prophet’s speech about judgement, which the author Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990) described as probably the most powerful speech in the history of the world. But in fact this song is also…
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11. Februar 2020

Taking up the cross / Das Kreuz auf sich nehmen

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) ENGLISHIn a discussion group with artists, one musician recently said: «It is bad that the only thing that many of us are still interested in is personal success. This also applies to Christian artists. Only a few are prepared to commit themselves for God.» He did not define precisely what he meant by «commit themselves for…
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03. Februar 2020

Wochentext von Matthias Krieg / Kennedy

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Wen haben Sie verloren? Gott. Keinen Menschen? Er verstand nicht. Aber sie konnte ver­­suchen, sich ihm verständlich zu machen. Mehr als einen Menschen. Jemand, der Al­les war, in allem. Es gab nichts auf der Welt, worin ich Ihn nicht finden und berüh­ren konnte. Alles Erschaffene – ich konnte sehen und riechen, dass es tatsächlich er­schaffen worden war. Ich konnte schmecken, was Er…
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23. Januar 2020

Doing the “Extraodinary” / Das “Aussergewöhnliche” tun

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ENGLISH   The aim of the last TUNE IN was to encourage us to do «crazy things» this year as followers of Christ. This is usually the opposite of what other people do and of what is generally expected.In Matthew 5, 47, Jesus asks: «And if you are friendly only to your brothers, what is extraordinary (Greek «to perisson / περισσóv») in that? Do not the…
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15. Januar 2020

Upside down / Verkehrte Welt

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ENGLISHAt the beginning of a new year, we ask ourselves: “What will this year bring? Will everything be in its right order, in its right place – in our private life, in our profession (as an artist), in our families?” It is a sad fact, however, that the…
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08. Januar 2020

Wochentext von Matthias Krieg / Wharton

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Ich habe neulich im Buch eines Modeautors gelesen, die Gespenster seien ver­schwun­­den, weil das elektrische Licht aufkam. Welch ein Unsinn! Der Autor, der auf dem Gebiet des Übernatürlichen gerne dilettiert, hat sein Thema nicht einmal ge­streift. Wenn es um turmbewehrte, von geköpften Opfern mit klirrenden Ketten be­wach­te Schlösser und komfortable Vorstadthäuser mit Kühlschrank und Zentralhei­zung geht, wo man, sobald man sie betritt,…
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30. Dezember 2019

«Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty, Hero, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace» / «Wunderbar, Rat, Kraft, Held, ewiger Vater, Friedefürst»

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ENGLISHWhen the Swiss church was looking for new stained-glass windows for the Minster in Basel in the 1980s, the Basel artist Samuel Buri (*1935) was among those who submitted designs. These did indeed make it onto the shortlist, along with non-figurative ideas by Brice Marden, but got no further when the decision went in favour of the old windows which originated in the 19th century. <!--...
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19. Dezember 2019

Wochentext von Matthias Krieg / Bamm

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Nach drei Minuten hörten wir den nächsten Abschuss. Der Einschlag lag diesmal et­was näher. Wieder sahen wir einander an. Alle drei waren wir alte Soldaten. Das Merk­mal des alten Soldaten ist, dass er vermeidbare Risiken vermeidet. Es war Zeit, in den Keller zu gehen. Der zweite Satz ging zu Ende. Sollen wir, oder sollen wir nicht? Mitten im dritten Satz hörten wir…
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16. Dezember 2019

God’s Spirit and Art / Gottes Geist und Kunst

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ENGLISH   As a continuation of the observations made in TUNE IN 312, let us listen once again to the theologian Rudolf Bohren, who speaks in his book «Dass Gott schön werde» of how churches become boring without aesthetics. God’s Spirit and ArtThe fact is that God’s Spirit wishes to reveal himself in art and to work through art….
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09. Dezember 2019

Wochentext von Matthias Krieg / Lindgren

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Mama, sagte er schluchzend, ich konnte keine Rute finden, aber hier hast du einen Stein, den du auf mich werfen kannst! Er reichte mir einen Stein, den grössten, der in sei­ner kleinen Hand Platz fand. Da begann auch ich zu weinen, denn ich verstand auf einmal, was er sich gedacht hatte: Meine Mama will mir also weh tun, und das kann sie…
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28. November 2019

Words against a «a thought-world without the Muses» / Worte gegen ein «ganz amusisches Gedankenleben»

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ENGLISH   In his book «Dass Gott schön werde» , published in 1975, the Reformed theologian Rudolf Bohren (1920-2010)enters the battle for an aesthetic awareness among Christians and in the church. If this is to come about, we have to develop a better understanding of the Creation and the working of the Holy Spirit. Here (and in TUNE IN 313) follows…
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22. November 2019

Wochentext von Matthias Krieg / Katz

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«Zum erstenmal, dass ich ihn so einen Blick werfen seh’ …», gähnte der müde Ver­wand­te von irgendwoher. «Ist denn das ein so besonderer Blick?» fragte wütend der Reisende Aron Amtmann, der sich die Wut aber nicht ansehen lassen wollte. «Na, ich danke! Das ist doch ein richtiger Räuberblick», erklärte grossartig der ‘Herr Stu­dent’. Schüchtern fragte ihn eine blutjunge Base aus Sambor: «Woran…
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15. November 2019

NEU: Wochentext von Matthias Krieg / Muhyī d-Dīn Ibn ʿArabī

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Es gab eine Zeit, da ich meinen Nächsten ablehnte, / wenn sein Glaube nicht der Mei­­ne war. // Heute ist mein Herz Herberge für alle Religionen: / Weide für Gazellen und Kloster für Christenmönche, / Tempel für Götzenbilder und Kaaba für Pilger, / es ist Gefäss für die Tafeln der Thora und die Verse des Koran. // Denn meine Religion ist die…
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06. November 2019

Three forms of «doing nothing»: Acedia – crash – leisure / Drei Formen des «Nichts-Tuns»: Acedia – Crash – Musse

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ENGLISH AcediaIn the last TUNE IN, texts by the philosopher Josef Pieper helped us to discover the value of «leisure». Pieper also points out that, in Christianity, «doing nothing» has often been dismissed disparagingly with the word «Acedia». Acedia belonged to the Deadly Sins of the Middle Ages.Strictly speaking, mediaeval theologians certainly did not see every form of «doing nothing» as…
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25. Oktober 2019

Art and leisure / Kunst und Musse

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ENGLISHStressed audience – stressed artistsPeople who go to concerts, theatres, exhibitions or cinemas are looking for a refreshing break in the routine of everyday life. For our everyday life is often hectic and threatens to take over all aspect of life. Sometimes one can hardly draw breath and regain some tranquillity in one’s thoughts. How is it for the artists themselves? Doesn’t…
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07. Oktober 2019

A word for burnt-out artists / Ein Wort für ausgebrannte Künstler

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ENGLISHA couple of days ago,Edgars Mazis shared spiritual reflections with us as part of an ARTS+ conference in Vienna.  Edgars Mazis is a Baptist pastor of a big church in Riga, Latvia. He also leads a discussion group at the National Theatre and another group with actors and musicians (photo) which he organises in collaboration with Guntars Pranis (Crescendo). The main points of his reflections…
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26. September 2019

Bible verses for good and bad days / Bibelverse für gute und schlechte Tage

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ENGLISHBible verses for every dayEvery day, the pastor with whom I spent my first practical training period wrote out for himself a Bible verse on a slip of paper, and this then disappeared somewhere in his jacket. Several times during the course of the day, he took this verse out in order to read it himself or to pass it on while…
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12. September 2019

What does Rembrandt fill our «inner echo chambers» with? / Womit füllt Rembrandt unsere «inneren Echokammern»?

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ENGLISH The last TUNE IN asked the question, “What do we fill our inner echo chambers with?” The famous «Sh’ma Israel» in Deuteronomy 6,4ff. emphasises the importance of remembering God’s deeds. The Bible fills our echo chambers. And since earliest times, Christian art has also played a significant role here. From our own lives, we know that art enriches and leaves an imprint on our…
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16. August 2019

Are we amateurs? / Sind wir Amateure?

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ENGLISH On the first pages of his significant work «Real Presences», the literary scholar and philosopher George Steiner (*1929) emphasises the importance of immediacy in the reception of art. All too often, we seize on secondary scholarly interpretations and thus miss what an amateur (an amator, a lover of art) experiences. Are we still able, for example, to learn texts by memory?Here…
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09. August 2019

“How lovely is your dwelling place” / “Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen”

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«This is where my home is» During the final evening of the “Crescendo Summer Institute” two weeks ago, a dear friend said: «You said something wrong when you asked everybody present what they would be taking back home with them. The question should have been this: What am I taking with me from my home here into the world outside? For this is where…
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30. Juli 2019

The friendly artist / Der freundliche Künstler

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Yesterday, the “16th Crescendo Summer Institute” * came to an end. From 24th July to 5th August, 170 music students, 50 teachers and 50 full-time and voluntary staff from 35 countries have come together in Tokaj in eastern Europe. The musical programme consisted, among other things, of master classes for singers and instrumentalists, chamber music, opera scenes, orchestral concerts, jazz for classical musicians,…
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23. Juli 2019

In Art we trust

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ENGLISHProgramme for a culture festival*A culture festival can, and even should, be provocative. The associated PR can also operate with catchy phrases.The large-scale interdisciplinary and multicultural Belluard Festival (27th June-6th July 2019) in Fribourg in Switzerland recently presented this statement in its newsletter: “In Art we trust”. The pertinent text offered this explanation in French: “Art allows us to win back trust in “humanité”. Now,…
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12. Juli 2019

Trustworthy love in an untrustworthy world / Verlässliche Liebe in einer unverlässlichen Welt

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Matthew Arnold: Dover Beach *The sea is calm tonight. The tide is full, the moon lies fairUpon the straits; on the French coast the lightGleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.                   …
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05. Juli 2019

Living water / Lebendiges Wasser

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ENGLISH During a stay in Rome in June 2011, I left the city for an afternoon in order to pay a visit to the Villa d’Este in Tivoli. This villa is particularly known for its garden, which counts no less than 100 (!) fountains. The main reason…
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25. Juni 2019

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” / “Und führe uns nicht in Versuchung, sondern erlöse uns von dem Bösen.”

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For our last shared musical setting of the Lord’s Prayer we have music from Markus Stockhausen, shared with us by my husband, composer and saxophonist Uwe Steinmetz. Uwe writes: “Try to speak along the words of the prayer with Markus Stockhausen´s composition “Our Father” – he brings out so many aspects of the Lords prayer…
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21. Mai 2019

God’s miracles among musicians in Moldova / Gottes Wunder unter Musikern in Moldawien

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ENGLISH In the course of the just finished Crescendo Festival in the Republic of Moldova, I met one of the organisers, Alexandru Sanduleac (photo). He told an unbelievable story which can encourage us to expect great things from God.Alexandru, you began many years ago with a little Bible group of musicians…A: That was in 1992, at the Conservatory in Chisinau, the…
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16. April 2019

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” / “Vergib uns unsere Schuld, wie auch wir vergeben unseren Schuldigern.”

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A late nineteenth-century rendering of the Prodigal Son by James Tissot.Ölgemälde über die Rückkehr des verlorenen Sohnes aus dem späten 19.Jh. von James Tissot  As always, a setting of the Lord’s Prayer, this time one composed by Arvo Pärt.  Wie immer eine Vertonung des Vater Unsers, dieses Mal eine Komposition…
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02. April 2019

“What is left?” / “Was bleibt?”

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ENGLISH“What is left?”This was the question asked by many people following the fire at Notre Dame as they watched in Paris or on the screen. “What is left when there is no church anymore?”: It may be that this unspoken question also occurred to some people. Among them perhaps a number who have never really paid attention to the church or who…
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12. März 2019

“Loveliest of trees” / “Schönster aller Bäume”

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ENGLISHLandscape and beautyPictures of the English countryside near the Welsh border, the harshness and the rewards of farming life, the joys of youth, the wisdom of age, hopes and promises, setbacks and disappointments, all seen through the eyes of a number of figures, most prominent among them a young man, and yet with the shadow of death falling over many of its…
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01. März 2019

“Give us this day our daily bread” II / “Unser tägliches Brot gib uns heute” II

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ENGLISH In our last TuneIn* we looked at the petition, “Give us this day our daily bread,” but from the account found in the Gospel of Matthew, which focuses more on the blessings of the coming Kingdom of God. In this reflection we will turn toward Luke’s account of the…
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22. Februar 2019

“Give us this day our daily bread” / “Unser tägliches Brot gib uns heute”

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ENGLISH The first part of the prayer Jesus gave us* is all about God. We are not to let our own needs and issues dominate prayer; we are rather to prioritize praising and honoring him. Adoration and thanksgiving – God-centeredness – comes first, because it heals the…
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14. Februar 2019

“Your Kingdom Come…” (II) / „Dein Reich komme…“ (II)

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ENGLISH When we pray for the Kingdom of God to come, what are we praying for?   Hallowed be your nameFirst, we can look back at the phrase immediately preceding this petition: hallowed be your name. How can we make God’s name holy, when…
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07. Februar 2019

“Your Kingdom Come…” / „Dein Reich komme…“

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ENGLISH When we pray for the Kingdom of God to come, what are we praying for?   Hallowed be your nameFirst, we can look back at the phrase immediately preceding this petition: hallowed be your name. How can we make God’s name holy, when…
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31. Januar 2019

“Our Father, who art in heaven…” / „Unser Vater im Himmel…“

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ENGLISH The Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father. It’s familiar.  Too familiar, sometimes. Many of us can recite it without even thinking about it, and unfortunately, we often do. It is frequently on our lips— especially for those of us who worship in more traditional liturgical settings— and that is good and right. But with this familiarity comes the risk…
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21. Januar 2019

The great Shakespeare tradition – where is it going now? / Die grosse Shakespeare-Tradition – wie geht’s weiter?

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ENGLISH Shakespeare’s long Christmas   Last week, we heard some thoughts on Epiphany. Immediately before Epiphany comes “Twelfth Night”, the end of the 12 days of Christmas.  In 1601/2, Shakespeare wrote a play with this title. As usual, he did not invent the story, but largely used older material. His success was not due…
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14. Januar 2019

Our word to our readers / Ein Wort an unsere Leser

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Since we began with the TUNE INs in January, 2016, they have appeared every week. We receive a lot of encouraging feedback, which is a great motivation for us to continue.  We have noticed, however, that these weekly appearances are too frequent for many readers. And we, in view of the growing tasks in our Crescendo work, are reaching certain limits on our capacity.  <!--...
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10. Januar 2019

The three kings an us / Die drei Könige und wir

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ENGLISH In the Western Church, 6 January is the day on which the Three Kings are remembered. We read about them in Matthew 2, 1-12. What can this story say to us today?   1.Jesus reveals himself to the outsiders “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to…
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01. Januar 2019

A word for melancholy artists: How are we going into the New Year? / Ein Wort an melancholische Künstler: Wie gehen wir in das neue Jahr?

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Andrzej Turkanik ENGLISH On the threshold of 2019, we are asking ourselves what the New Year may bring. The question may be mixed with a certain sadness that the old year, and thus a further part of our life, has passed by so quickly. This makes us all…
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29. Dezember 2018

A wonderful Christmas song / Ein wunderschönes Weihnachtslied

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With a wonderfully beautiful Christmas composition by the Latvian composer Richards Dubra (*1964), available on our CD “Ich schau Dich staunend an”, and an accompanying interview with the composer (below), we heartily wish our TUNE IN readership of around 2500 in the whole world a blessed Christmas time.  Mit einem wunderschönen Weihnachtslied des lettischen Komponisten Richards Dubra (*1964) von…
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18. Dezember 2018

What do angels play when they are off duty? / Was spielen Engel, wenn sie unter sich sind?

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ENGLISH On 10th December, 1968, exactly 50 years ago, Karl Barth, one of the greatest theologians of the 20th century, died. In one of his early writings, “The Letter to the Romans”, he directed sharp words against any mixing of human ideology with the word of God. Together with the “Confessing Church”, Barth raised his voice against National Socialism. With…
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10. Dezember 2018

When complete strangers tell an artist the most personal things / Wenn wildfremde Menschen einem Künstler persönlichste Dinge erzählen

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ENGLISH In the Crescendo network there are many outstanding organists who bless others with their work in churches, concerts and teaching positions. In recent weeks we have had memorable meetings with organists who recounted events from their lives and service – and also showed us their instruments (including the organ in Cologne Cathedral).  One of the organists was Chelsea Chen,…
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03. Dezember 2018

What is the task we artists have? A meditation after Luke 4, to be read as a dialogue / Welchen Auftrag haben wir Künstler? Eine Meditation nach Lukas 4, im Dialog zu lesen

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ENGLISH Artist: I often ask myself, “What in fact is the task of art?” I am not satisfied with the answer given by many colleagues when they say, “I serve art! And art helps mankind!” As a Christian, I would like to have other thoughts.   Voice: There are many answers to your question. I am sure you are thinking…
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29. November 2018

Gabriele Münter’s “Still Life Pentecost” / Gabriele Münters “Stillleben Pfingsten”

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ENGLISH The Ludwig Collection in Cologne is currently giving an insight into the work of Gabriele Münter (1877–1962) in a large exhibition under the title “Painting to the Point”. Münter was a cen­tral fig­ure of German Expressionism and the Blue Rid­er artist group, which was found­ed at her house in Mur­nau. Besides wonderful landscapes and portraits, one is struck by some still life paintings,…
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21. November 2018

TUNE IN 282 Does a synthesis of Christ and culture exist? / Gibt es eine Synthese von Christus und Kultur?

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ENGLISH What thoughts do we Christians have about culture? And how do the creators of culture perceive the church? The answers to these questions are connected to theological reflections on the topic of “art and culture” and to the church’s conceptual and concrete responses. Reinhold Niebuhr’s categories in “Christ and Culture” help us to find an orientation here and to reconsider…
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14. November 2018

The Christ of Culture / Der Kultur-Christus

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ENGLISH Convert to Mendelssohn !? What was the designer thinking about as he worked on advertising for the Bach Choir in Basel and chose the motto “Let yourself be converted – to Mendelssohn”? What were those in charge of the Bach Choir hoping to achieve? Perhaps not much. Or something like this: “Today one can no longer take the message of…
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