Learning the Way of God More Perfectly
King James Bible 1611 Then and Now

Absolute Music for an Absolute God
VIII.  Going Way Beyond Absolute Music - the Fall & the Crash
The Design of Japheth's Purest Music
"Impressionism" and "Modern Music"
Outline of audio sermon:
(as always, there is preaching within the audio that you won't find in the notes/outline)

Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.
Psalm 89:15

The sound of late Baroque and early Classical is so clean, most folks are bored with it and can't even listen to it, let alone appreciate it and be edified by it.  That is how corrupted we have become over the 'beat' and 'design' of modern music today.

Review and Introductory Comments:
Review the order and absoluteness of Absolute music era
Review the Romantic, etc.
Listen to the clarinet tonight and see how much the music has changed over the years...
This will be even MORE torture to your ears tonight.
TV / movie soundtracks have seared our ears.
    some for sounds, some for scary scenes, some for demented stuff, some for witchcraft, etc.  thank you Walt and Harry!

Play audio clip of Mozart clarinet concerto excerpt to 'remind' us of the clean sound!

During this time in America, we have John Philip Sousa or early jazz / ragtime piano.
Piano has been wonderful in America's homes.
Band's have peaked in America - music has flourished with hymns, etc. in common areas.
Fanny Crosby (1820-1915) was busy writing her hymns, etc.

We are talking about Europe for all this Japheth music direction and growth & fall.

This modern stuff sure does show the defiled and seared mind of the modern lost person.
It is no wonder that the music of Ham was so welcome to some folks during these days.
And this stuff takes an "education to understand" as well as constant listening to in order to have it 'grow' on you, they say.  Yes, like a wart!

This is beyond the fall - this is the crash!


Remember - these descriptions are 'theirs' in the music history world.
We can surely see how that is leaven leavening the whole lump.

 (In their own words...)

Debussy and Ravel

There were two important composers of this era: Debussy and Ravel.

Debussy (1862-1918) was born near Paris.
He studied at the Paris Conservatory when he was 11.

He always shocked his professors with unusual harmonies that defied the rules. His music was first attacked as lacking melody, form, and substance. But later its intensity and subtlety of nuance made it and Debussy famous. The beginning of war in 1914 drained him of all his enthusiasm in music, and he died 4 years later of cancer. He is celebrated as one of the more distinguished representatives of French music.

Debussy created his own style in writing for the piano. He used widely spaced chords in parallel movement, contrast of low and high registers, blending of sounds with the pedal, and clash of overtones. One can see the influence of non-Western elements in many of his works.

Ravel (1875-1937) was born in Ciboure, France.
He showed a lot of artistic talents in his youth. He entered the conservatory at the age of 14 and stayed for 16 years.

Ravel's music was criticized by audiences and critics at first, but eventually it attained acceptance and made him famous.

Near the end of his life, Ravel was plagued with a rare brain disease that slowly drained him away. He decided to undertake a dangerous operation in 1937 and died from it.

Like Debussy, Ravel was fascinated by the impressionist painter's images. He was attracted to foreign and Medieval music. Unlike Debussy, his rhythms are more incisive, with more sense of key, dissonant harmony, and broader melodies.

Modern Music of the Twentieth Century

Can it get worse?  Yup!
(again, in their own words)

In the twentieth-century, the piano is increasingly used as an instrument of percussion.
Composers such as Stravinsky and Bartok injected a rhythmic vitality into piano music.

There are many composers of the twentieth-century that are worth mentioning: Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern, Prokofiev, Lutoslawski, Cage, etc. Many of them contributed significantly to piano music.

The style of twentieth-century piano music is diverse.

(Horrible advice)
The listener is encouraged to listen to many examples and become familiar with the different styles. Occasionally, pick up a "new age" composition, practice it and perform it, as a good way to expand your musical knowledge. Twentieth-century music is an acquired taste: you may not favour it the first time you hear it, but the more you listen to it, the more you will understand the subtleties of music that goes beyond melodies, simple harmonies, and regular rhythms.

This stuff was and is horrible, but comes into our homes with TV and videos and computer games, etc.
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins,
led away with divers lusts,
II Timothy 3:6

We ought to give our mind clean and godly music
that is based on clean and Godly structure!

And Praise Him with Absolute Music!
And Remember - His 'Pure' Music is the King James Bible!!