06. September 2018

Destructive genius?! / Zerstörerische Genialität?!

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ENGLISH In TUNE IN 272, we spoke of a culture-rejecting attitude as encountered among certain theologians and entire denominational traditions. It is easy to criticise this attitude. But do not let us be too glib in our criticism! The power of the Christian faith – including its power to attract – develops not when it is constantly “being conformed to the…
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30. August 2018

Where separation is important / Wo Abgrenzung wichtig ist

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ENGLISH Do not love the world As we mentioned in TUNE IN 271, the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (“Christ and Culture”, 1951) identifies five different categories of relationship between Christianity and culture. Initially, he points out that Christians have at times separated themselves radically from the surrounding culture. The biblical starting point for this is John 2,15: “Do…
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22. August 2018

Christ against culture? “Enter through the narrow gate…” / Christus gegen die Kultur? “Gehet ein durch die enge Pforte…”

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ENGLISH In the pre-conference for the recently held “Crescendo Summer Institute” (LINK),  35 participants discussed different aspects of “Christianity and culture”. When one looks at the history of theology and the church more closely, it becomes evident that the relationship between “Christianity and culture” can be defined in differing ways and accordingly takes…
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15. August 2018

Artworks as our companions – No. 3 / Kunstwerke, die uns begleiten – Nr. 3

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Which good work of art – which picture, which piece of music, which poem, which story, which choreography accompanies you in your life and faith? Please send us a short text with a few personal words on your chosen artwork (to info@crescendo.org). Include a link to the corresponding artwork…
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07. August 2018

Which light shines brighter? – Which artist is greater? / Welches Licht schient heller? Welcher Künstler ist grösser?

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ENGLISH  “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in…
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02. August 2018

Artworks as our companions – No. 2 / Kunstwerke, die uns begleiten – Nr. 2

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Which good work of art – which picture, which piece of music, which poem, which story, which choreography accompanies you in your life and faith? Please send us a short text with a few personal words on your chosen artwork (to info@crescendo.org). Include a link to the corresponding artwork…
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20. Juli 2018

Artworks as our companions – No. 1 / Kunstwerke, die uns begleiten – Nr. 1

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  ENGLISH Which good work of art – which picture, which piece of music, which poem, which story, which choreography accompanies you in your life and faith? Let us put this question to our readers during the summer weeks – and beyond. Our assumption here is that there are artworks which leave an impression on our faith and which accompany us intensively…
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04. Juli 2018

Able to play / Spielen können

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ENGLISH The World Cup, or the joy of playing Currently, the World Cup in football is captivating millions of spectators. Despite all the shady sides and aberrations in this commercialised sport, this game with the small, round piece of leather is a source of joy not only for our male contemporaries. Art – a game, or…
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27. Juni 2018

“…Far from the mark we stray” The message of the famous Evening Poem by Matthias Claudius / „…Und kommen weiter von dem Ziel“ Die Botschaft des berühmten Abendlieds von Matthias Claudius

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ENGLISH It is one of the most beautiful poems and, with the melody by Johann Schulz (1747-1800), is one of the most deeply felt songs in the German language: the Evening Poem by Matthias Claudius (1740-1832). It was published in 1779 and even today has lost none of its power. 1 The silent moon is risen,  The golden star-fires…
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20. Juni 2018

Artists – Apostles of Beauty / Künstler – Botschafter der Schönheit

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ENGLISH SCHØN – an unusual conference Last weekend, a German-language conference on the topic “BEAUTIFUL” . Even the use of the Swedish script in the word “SCHØN” suggests that one should get ready for something unusual. The whole thing was organised by the House of Prayer in Augsburg under the leadership of Dr. Johannes Hartl, supported by the involvement…
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13. Juni 2018

Flamingos

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ENGLISH In the Creative Church * in St. Paul’s Church in Basel on 10th June, Pastor Fredy Staub held an original sermon.   Very close to death A few years ago, he was in hospital with a highly dangerous disease. He lay in a small room – facing death. At the same time, however, he could see…
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05. Juni 2018

“I had to cry during the Shostakovich Flute solo” / „Ich musste beim Schostakowitsch-Flötensolo weinen“

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ENGLISH In Crescendo Teachers’ Conference which has just finished in Birmingham, there were many interesting talks and encouraging reports. Here are some quotations – rendered so as to give the broad sense – on the power of prayer, taken from the abundance of valuable contributions.   Prayer before teaching “There are difficult days as a music teacher. One pupil after another…
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29. Mai 2018

The rusty Christ-figure / Der rostige Christus

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ENGLISH Swiss media have been full of this story in recent days: at Pentecost, the probably most prominent Protestant pastor in the country died at the age of 91. And everyone is praising the main work of his life. “He saved my life,” say many. Who was Pastor Ernst Sieber (1927-2018), and why is his name appearing in the TUNE INs, which…
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22. Mai 2018

After Pentecost / Nach Pfingsten

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ENGLISH These festivals of the church year lie behind us: Good Friday, Easter, Ascension Day, Pentecost. Now everyday routine “threatens” again. But, interestingly, the Christian faith is in fact a faith for everyday life. Here are some thoughts on this. Christianity begins on a day like any other!  In every movement, the direction is set at the beginning. Christianity begins on a…
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15. Mai 2018

Cultural Renewal; Quotes by Timothy Keller about the role of „Christian artists“ / Erneuerung der Kultur; Zitate von Timothy Keller über die Rolle “christlicher Künstler”

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ENGLISH About “Cultural renewal” “I am often asked, “Should Christians be involved in shaping culture?” My answer is, “We can’t not be involved in shaping culture.” But I prefer the term “cultural renewal” to “culture shaping” or “cultural transformation.” For a possible model, think about the monks in the Middle Ages, who moved out through pagan Europe, inventing and establishing academies, universities,…
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08. Mai 2018

Makrothumia – a forgotten virtue? / Makrothymia – eine vergessene Tugend?

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ENGLISH Turning one’s back on culture? There are certain statements which I repeatedly hear from artists who are Christians, such as “I can no longer identify with worldly culture. I am distancing myself from it and beginning something of my own.” – In concrete terms, this can mean, for example, ‘I am turning my back on art and going into…
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01. Mai 2018

TE DEUM by John Featherstone A reconciliation of Classical, Jazz and Gospel / TE DEUM von John Featherstone Eine Zusammenführung von Klassik, Jazz und Gospel

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ENGLISH We have asked the French-based musician and composer John Featherstone to give the background of his new work.   A chord in the night ‘As a composer, what would you most regret not having written before your retired?’ ‘My setting of the Te Deum,’ I replied without hesitation to the relative stranger who asked me. That night I woke up with a complex…
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24. April 2018

The important echo to the “Echo” / Das wichtige Echo auf den “Echo”

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ENGLISH Prize-winning anti-Semitism A couple of years ago we found the jury of the German “Echo” prize great when they selected two of our friends, the Japanese conductor Masaaki Suzuki and the Austrian singer Miriam Feuersinger, for awards. A few days ago, however, the enthusiasm gave way to sheer dismay. On 12th April, of all days, Holocaust Remembrance Day, the album…
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18. April 2018

“It has to be God or it’s all nonsense” An interview with Patrick Kavanaugh (1954-2018) / „Da muss Gott eingreifen – oder es ist totaler Unsinn“ Ein Interview mit Patrick Kavanaugh (1954-2018)

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ENGLISH A few days ago, the conductor, composer and author Patrick Kavanaugh, for many years the leader of the Christian “MasterWorks Festival” in the USA, passed away. This unexpected and painful loss of a friend who was an important mentor for countless musicians caused us to search through our in-house archive and look again at an interview in an early number of the…
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20. März 2018

“Framed by God” Thoughts on an image on Psalm 139 / „Umrahmt von Gott“ Eine Bildbetrachtung zu Psalm 139

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ENGLISH The artist Anita Sieber has created a series of Psalm images. She exhibited some of them on 11th March, 2018, in the “Creative Church” in Basel. The sermon reflected on them. Here are some (shortened) thoughts on Psalm 139. “You know when I sit and when I arise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down;…
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13. März 2018

A modern psalm at the Brit Awards 2018 / Ein moderner Psalm bei den Brit Awards 2018

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ENGLISH A few days ago, the Brit Award 2018 was given. Astonishingly, the title “best artist” did not go, as expected, to Ed Sheeran, but to the rapper Stormzy (*1993, real name Michael Omari). His debut album “Gang Signs & Prayer” came out in February 2017, and reached number one in the British charts. The album includes a modern psalm, “Blinded by…
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28. Februar 2018

Joy, humour, fun – Christian virtues? / Freude, Humor, Spass – christliche Tugenden?

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ENGLISH In recent weeks, there were carnival celebrations in many places. In Rio, Cologne, Mainz and in Switzerland. In my hometown of Basel, the “Fasnacht” has a special satirical character and a strong artistic component which has even been reflected in “highbrow art”, for example in Arthur Honegger’s 4th Symphony or in visual arts. There are great differences in the ways people celebrate “Fasnacht” and carnival….
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21. Februar 2018

“Half of all the poets and artists were Christians” / „Die Hälfte aller Dichter und Künstler waren Christen“

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ENGLISH “And this is how we imagine the establishing of Christian culture: the misery, suffered in the past and still continuing, provoked by the spirit of atheism and anti-Christianity, shakes the heart of people so that they freely begin to return to Christ and to receiving the gifts of His Spirit in life and culture. This process cannot be initiated externally…
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21. Februar 2018

A word on our own behalf / Ein Wort in eigener Sache

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We have just reached, with 250 TUNE INs, an important mark. This is good reason to pause for a moment and be grateful in our hearts to God, and the same time to thank our readers. Thank you! We thank our readers for all the positive feedback which reaches us repeatedly. We feel particularly glad when someone writes, “This was exactly the text I…
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30. Januar 2018

The artist and Christ / Der Künstler und Christus

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ENGLISH A few months ago, I chanced on this masterwork in an exhibition in the Art Museum in Basel with works from the Prado. It is one of those pictures which exert fascination at first sight. The observer notices at once that an important statement is being made here with great intensity. But what statement? Questions relating to the picture When the picture is studied…
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24. Januar 2018

Ways out of isolation / Wege aus der Isolation

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ENGLISH Ways out of isolation   An astonishing number of artists feel isolated as Christians, whether in the culture world (because they are Christians) or in the churches (because they are artists). I am still busy with thoughts arising from a musicians’ project in St. Petersburg which ended with a large-scale sacred concert last Sunday and where we discussed precisely this topic. It…
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24. Januar 2018

The Legend of the Artist / Die Legende vom Künstler

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ENGLISH Protogenes’ Sponge, Titian’s Paintbrush… In their book “The Legend of the Artist”, published in 1934, the authors Ernst Kris and Otto Kurz show, with a fascinating plethora of anecdotes, how numerous legends grow up around artists. Some examples: The ancient painter Protogenes attempted to depict a dog foaming at the mouth. He could not get it right. Angrily, he threw the…
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09. Januar 2018

On the art of completely natural prayer – and a prayer for the beginning of the year / Von der Kunst des ungekünstelten Betens – und ein Gebet zum Jahresanfang

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ENGLISH “With Lissa in church. Couldn’t pray. The solemn official language of the church sounded foreign. Artificial vocabulary. Do the faithful believe that God only hears them when they pray, that he has no idea about the words that they otherwise think and say? … My life can no longer be fitted into the language of prayer. I can no longer twist myself into…
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30. Dezember 2017

Short texts for busy people / Kurze Texte für geschäftige Leute

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ENGLISH Some TUNE IN readers already know that my main efforts in the literary field go into aphorisms*. A large number of them have recently been translated by our praiseworthy “chief translator”, the lutenist Bill Buchanan (who has, by the way, been working for some years on an academic translation of the Mozart family correspondence). In all the pre-Christmas stress, hardly any of us…
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29. Dezember 2017

NEW LAND – an invitation / NEULAND – eine Einladung

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ENGLISH From 29th December to 1st January 2018, there will be a Christian conference (EXPLO 17 – LINK) taking place under the motto “New Land”, with a truly large number of professional artists taking place. Explo and Artists In an ‘Art Zone’, there will be a display of contemporary visual arts, part of it offering interaction with the public. In <span...
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12. Dezember 2017

How can we be provocative? / Wir können wir provozieren?

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ENGLISH We are coming up to Christmas. The story of Christmas is a provocation from start to finish. It is not only Herod who is provoked on Christmas Eve, but also our entire thinking and acting in human categories and structures. It cannot be that the son of God comes into the world in a stable! On top of that, in a no-man’s-land in terms…
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05. Dezember 2017

Between artistic perfectionism and laziness / Zwischen künstlerischem Perfektionismus und Faulheit

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ENGLISH In the last TUNE IN, we printed some excerpts from an interview with the 90-year-old conductor Herbert Blomstedt. Herbert Blomstedt is considered to be a very precise interpreter who spends an enormous amount of time going deeply into the works of the composer in question. How does he confront the danger of perfectionism in this process? His answers are profitable not only for…
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21. November 2017

“He who has no roots can be driven in any direction.” Herbert Blomstedt (90) / „Wer wurzellos ist, kann in jede Richtung getrieben werden.“ Herbert Blomstedt (90)

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ENGLISH At the age of 90, the conductor Herbert Blomstedt is a living wonder: he is still travelling round the world giving full-length concerts in full halls. And with all the freshness of youth. The charming birthday greetings sent by the Berlin Philharmonic are evidence of this. And they also let us sense something of the source of strength for this former chief conductor…
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15. November 2017

Rightful listening * Richtig zuhören können

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ENGLISH A conversation with my son Last week I was talking with my 4-year-old son about self-control and making wise choices, and how we can always ask God to help us when we are struggling.  He noted, “But when God is telling me not to do bad things, he speaks so quietly!  His voice is so quiet.” I imagine we have all felt that way at one…
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07. November 2017

Martin Luther’s „Simple Way to Pray“ / Martin Luthers “Einfältige Weise zu beten”

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Murray Perahia playing Bach-Busoni Chorale Prelude BWV 734 “Nun freut euch, lieben Christen”, written in 1523 by Martin Luther ENGLISH This Tuesday (today!) marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  With the auspicious anniversary approaching, I decided to read Martin Luther’swell-known short work on prayer, A Simple Way to Pray, which is actually a letter written…
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05. November 2017

OUT OF SILENCE * AUS DER STILLE

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YouTube ENGLISH “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46: 10) The piece “Silence” by jazz bassist Charlie Haden (1937-2014) was one of the first “religious” works of music that I encountered as a student— and at that time, as an atheist.  Years later,…
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21. Oktober 2017

Faith as Artistic Practice / Glaube als künstlerische Praxis

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“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life”. Proverbs 4:23 Books about happiness There has been an abundance of literature about habits and happiness published in recent years, everything from pithy articles detailing the routines and habits of successful people to books that extensively examine these topics. I have particularly enjoyed Gretchen Rubin’s work…
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17. Oktober 2017

“Forever is composed of Nows.” / “Ewigkeit besteht aus Jetzts.“ (Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886)

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ENGLISH I recently read Love Does, a 2012 collection of essays by Christian attorney and philanthropist Bob Goff.  One phrase particularly struck me and I have mulled it over and over again:  “Sometimes He invites us to leave perfectly fine careers…and rather than having us apply for a position, He says our lives are the position.” (emphasis mine) Goff is talking here about a successful colleague…
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02. Oktober 2017

“Anti-Mass”

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  ENGLISH The English title of this work of art by Cornelia Parker, on display in the de Young Museum in San Francisco, is “Anti-Mass”. “Parker’s use of the word “mass” refers to the physical substance and weight of objects as well as to the sacramental ritual at the centre of Christian faith.” (From the Museum’s explanatory text). Why has this British artist, born in 1956, named…
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20. September 2017

Cultural power for the powerless / Kulturelle Macht für die Machtlosen

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ENGLISH In his book “Culture Making”, Andy Crouch speaks very impressively about “cultural power” (i.e. “the ability to successfully propose cultural goods”). How do Christians handle this kind of “power”? Certainly differently from people who know purely “worldly” standards and are only focused on their own success. “For the basic thing we are invited to do with our cultural power is to spend it alongside those…
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10. September 2017

„Franz, are you still praying for me?“ / “Franz, betest du immer noch für mich?” (Vladimir Horowitz) Happy 90th birthday, Franz Mohr!

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ENGLISH On 17th September 2017, Franz Mohr will be 90 years old. Franz Mohr was the chief concert technician of Steinway & Sons, NY – and the tuner for Horowitz, Rubinstein, Glenn Gould and numerous other great pianists of the last decades. In collaboration with Crescendo he has given numerous lectures in many towns and written books which have been translated into various languages. The most…
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05. September 2017

Two remarkable women: 20 Years after their death / Zwei aussergewöhnliche Frauen: 20 Jahre nach ihrem Tod

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ENGLISH About this time exactly 20 years ago, two remarkable women died: Lady Di and Mother Teresa. In his book “Culture Making”, which is greatly to be recommended to Christians involved in shaping our culture and which will also be the subject of the next TUNE IN, Andy Crouch looked at the contribution made by these two women, who represent two kinds of “cultural engagement”. Here…
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02. September 2017

Comforting concerts * Trostkonzerte

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ENGLISH Years ago, a man of prayer passed on this impression to us: In times of great shock, musicians will give comforting concerts. Many people would stream into the churches – even to those in which the gospel is otherwise hardly preached. I often think back on these words when we once again (unfortunately at ever shorter…
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28. August 2017

Einen Apfelbaum schütteln

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In der letzten KIRCHE KREATIV *, die vor ein paar Stunden in Basel stattfand, gab es keine Predigt. Dafür las der Schauspieler Adrian Furrer vom Theater Luzern den Philipperbrief. Dazwischen improvisierten fünf Musiker über den Text. Einen grösseren Bibeltext in einem Zug zu lesen oder eben: zu hören, hat etwas für sich. Man erfährt, was Martin Luther meinte, wenn er sagte: “Ich lese die Bibel,…
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14. August 2017

WHY “CARMEN”? – WARUM “CARMEN”?

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Für manche Christen ist es eine offene Frage: Kann man eine charakterlose oder gar böse Person auf der Bühne darstellen? Und wenn ja: Wie realistisch soll man diese Person spielen? Ich erinnere mich sogar an eine Musikerin, die allen Ernstes beschlossen hat, nie mehr ein Stück des „zu wenig christlichen“ Mozart aufzuführen. Der Grund dafür sind völlig falsche theologische Weichenstellungen. Umso wichtiger sind sorgfältige…
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19. Juli 2017

VIOLINKIDS

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Die 7-jährige Olympia Lygoura hat ihre Lehrerin Marini Peikidou und sich selber in einer Geigenstunde porträtiert – mit lachenden Gesichtern und hellen Farben! Das Bild hat eine Goldmedaille am internationalen Kindermalwettbewerb in Tokio (mit 20.000 Einsendungen !) gewonnen. Es kommuniziert sehr schön, welch grossen Eindruck und Inspiration Musik einem Kind geben kann! LINK In den 1980 er…
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06. Juli 2017

Ein begehbares sakrales Kunstwerk

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Im ostfranzösischen Audincourt befindet sich eine bemerkenswerte Kirche, die in den Jahren 1950 und 1951 auf Initiative des Abbé Prenel in einem Arbeiterviertel errichtet wurde. Im Kirchenraum fällt der Blick zuerst auf die in Glasfenster gefasste Darstellung der Passion Christ. Fernand Léger (1881-1955) schuf – als Künstler, der den christlichen Glauben nicht teilte – damit grossartige sakrale Kunst….
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29. Juni 2017

Das Heilige in der Kunst

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Gerard van der Leeuw (siehe TUNE IN 212) geht in seinem Werk „Vom Heiligen in der Kunst“ einen interessanten Weg. Das Zentrum seines Denkens ist Christus. Von ihm aus denkt eröffnet sich ein weiter Horizont, in dem Kunst als Teil des Schöpfungswerks Platz hat. Nicht nur „christliche“ Kunst oder Kunst von Christen ist Teil der kontinuierlichen Schöpfung Gottes, sondern auch „heidnische“ Kunst….
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23. Juni 2017

Was ist schön?

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Stephan Jon Tramèr: Landscape (Valley of Laufen) * Landschaft (Laufental) Vom 14.-17. Juni 2018 wird in Augsburg ein Kongress zum Thema „SCHÖN“ stattfinden, organisiert von Johannes Hartl und dem Gebetshaus Augsburg (LINK) – in Zusammenarbeit mit Crescendo und verschiedenen christlichen Kulturschaffenden. Weitere Informationen werden folgen. Als Einstimmung auf das Thema werden wir in den TUNE INs das Thema „Schönheit“ verschiedentlich aufgreifen. Für diese…
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13. Juni 2017

Konkurrenz – muss das sein?

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Concurrere heisst „zusammen laufen“ und ist eigentlich etwas Positives, wenn man sich gegenseitig ansport und ermutigt. Die Realität sieht oft ganz anders aus: Man überholt den anderen lieber und möchte ihn weit hinter sich zurücklassen. Konkurrenzdenken kann in Feindschaft umschlagen. Und das ist Gift: Gift für die Beziehung zum Nächsten, Gift für das eigene Leben und Gift in der Beziehung zu Gott. Und für…
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12. Juni 2017

Festival für Kunst und Kirche

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Ein Wort von Chris Daza, Malawi, führt fort, was im letzten TUNE IN über ARTreach gesagt wurde. Dazu einige Bilder von der schönen “Nacht des Glaubens. Festival für Kunst und Kirche” vom 2.Juni in Basel „Kunst kann auf äusserst wirkungsmächtige Weise Gottes Wahrheit vermitteln – auch ohne das tragende Medium des Wortes. Aus unterschiedlichen Gründen können viele Menschen das unmittelbar verkündete Evangelium nicht mehr…
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29. Mai 2017

Artreach: ein prophetisches Wort

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Es gibt heute noch wegweisende prophetische Worte. Sie verdienen besonders dann unsere erhöhte Aufmerksamkeit, wenn sie etwas Neues sagen. Vor Jahren hatte der Musiker Scott McLeod auf einer Reise durch die Schweiz eine Vision. Vor dem Löwendenkmal in Luzern bekam er ein prophetisches Wort. Dies schlug sich in einem dünnen Büchlein nieder. Nun müssen solche Worte natürlich sorgfältig geprüft werden. Die Schrift „Der Löwe…
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24. Mai 2017

Kunst und Weisheit III

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Salomon / Amenemope Christen am Rand?! Ein Freund von mir, der viele christliche Bücher geschrieben hat, suchte bei einer der weltweit grössten Buchmessen die christlichen Verlage auf. In einer grossen Halle, die für „Religionen“ reserviert war, fand er supermoderne, beeindruckende Stände. Besonders attraktiv präsentierten sich die Esoteriker und die Okkultisten. Nach langer Zeit fand er die Christen. In einem Winkel gab es einen kleinen Sammelstand…
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15. Mai 2017

Kunst und Weisheit II

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Der Zorn des Elhu (1805) von William Blake Wenn wir „Kunst“ mit der biblischen „Weisheits-Lehre“ verknüpfen wollen (siehe TUNE IN 218), so lautet eine wichtige Frage: Wie und in welcher Form empfangen wir Weisheit? Oder eben: Wie und in welcher Form empfangen wir „Kunst“? Hauch, gärender Wein und Geistesgabe Eliphas, einer der Freunde Hiobs, berichtet in Kapitel 4, wie Gott ihm ein…
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08. Mai 2017

Kunst und Weisheit

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Auf der Suche nach „Kunst in der Bibel“ müssen wir nicht lange suchen. Die Bibel selbst ist in weiten Teilen ein literarisches Kunstwerk, und sie berichtet immer wieder von Kunst. Gibt es eine biblische „Theologie der Kunst“? Finden wir in der Bibel aber auch eine „Theologie der Kunst“? Nein, nicht explizit. Wir finden jedoch Erzählungen über die Entstehung von Kunstwerken. Und dieser „narrativen Theologie“ lässt sich…
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03. Mai 2017

„Gott hat hat einen hellen Schein in unsere Herzen gegeben“

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) als Gefangener – Statue von Fritz Fleer (1921-1997) bei der St.Petri-Kirche in Hamburg “Nun aber spiegelt sich in uns allen des HERRN Klarheit mit aufgedecktem Angesichte; und wir werden verkläret in dasselbige Bild von einer Klarheit zu der andern als vom Geist des HERRN.” (2.Korinther 3,18) “Denn Gott, der da hieß das Licht aus der Finsternis hervorleuchten, der…
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26. April 2017

Ein Gotteslob für die Gabe der Musik – “I make Melody”

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“Crescendo Summer Institute” 2016: MARCEL ZWITSER I make Melody subtitled 1 Gegen Ende des “Crescendo Sommerinstituts” 2016 führte der Institut-Chor unter der Leitung von Matthew Lind zum ersten Mal eine Hymne auf, die Marcel S. Zwitser eigens für diese Gelegenheit geschrieben hatte. Dr. Marcel Zwitser ist Musikwissenschafter und hält seit 2010 Vorträge im Sommerinstitut. Da das 14. Institut vor der Tür steht…
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16. April 2017

Ostergrüsse

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Haydn – The Seven Last Words – Hodie mecum – Piano version Zu Ostern wünschen wir unseren TUNE IN-Lesern von Herzen alles Gute und viel Segen – mit einer schönen musikalisch-visuellen Impression, den die junge italienische Musikologin und Pianistin Chiara Bertoglio* zusammengestellt hat. Sie schreibt dazu: Für alle, für jene, die glauben und andere, die nicht glauben, ist Ostern die Einladung, seinen Blick in…
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11. April 2017

Was ist heute meine Motivation?

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Es bringt gewisse Vorteile mit sich, wenn die eigene Frau Theologie studiert. Zum Beispiel, dass man miteinander endlose theologische Diskussionen führen kann. Natürlich vorausgesetzt, man mag das. Letzte Woche war meine Frau mit der Studienlektüre etwas in Verzug. Da wir lange mit dem Auto unterwegs waren, schlug sie vor, die Texte laut vorzulesen. Eine wundervolle Idee! Vor allem weil das Thema Martin Luther King…
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05. April 2017

Sich als Christ „outen“?

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www.nachtdesglaubens.ch Ein Projekt, in dem Künstler den Glauben thematisieren: “Nacht des Glaubens. Festival für Kunst und Kirche” Willkommen! Vor einigen Tagen sagte mir ein Ökonomie-Professor: „Es ist gut, wenn ihr euch mit eurer christlichen Künstlerarbeit „sichtbar“ macht. Erst so können Menschen, die euch suchen, auf euch aufmerksam werden und sich mit euch in Verbindung setzen.“ Was völlig banal klingt und werbetechnisch…
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