Bach and God

For several days I have the the opportunity to listen to music with three different levels of youth orchestras and hear conductors and composers.  Here is one of many tidbits I’ve learned (and I’m just observing and chauffeuring :)).

A Conductor today was explaining Pedal-Points in Bach’s Organ pieces.

A Pedal-Point is a long sustained typically bass type note in a music piece.  Several of Bach’s compositions have long sustained pedal-points.  The pedal-points do not change or fluctuate but may last 32 measures or longer.  Bach’s pedal-points were used to represent the unchanging nature of God.  God remained the same no matter what else was going on in the world.  Even if chaos was occurring (for example: in the rest of the music), God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Isn’t that neat?

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. ESV

Approximately 80 high schoolers (Public, Private and Homeschool) got to hear that Saturday as part of their instruction in an orchestra.


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