From the January/February, 2018 issue of Touchstone
music At Play in the House of the Lord by Ken Myers

From Heavenly Harmony

At Play in the House of the Lord

by Ken Myers

In anticipation of the Mozart bicentennial celebration in 1956, Karl Barth was invited by a Swiss newspaper to write "A Letter of Thanks to Mozart." Initially skeptical of the assignment, Barth obliged the editors with a brief epistle in the spirit of Mozartian playfulness. The correspondence closed with a much-cited speculation: "It may be that when the angels go about their task of praising God, they play only Bach. I am sure, however, that when they are together en famille, they play Mozart and that then too our Lord l . . .


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