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Roedy (Comment 15), you appear to be one of those who think classical music is a thing of the past. There are at least two British composers currently writing religious music - John Tavener (born 1944) and James Macmillan (born 1959). Not all "modern" music is rock or pop (thank goodness). As for your remark about all composers being believers even a century ago, that just isn't so. Verdi (1813-1901), whose Requiem is extremely beautiful (if, unsurprisingly, a bit operatic), was thought by many to be an agnostic. Leos Janacek (1854-1928), whose Glagolitic Mass is perhaps the most viscerally exciting music I know, seems to have been another. When it was first performed, in 1926, one critic remarked that the composer had, as an old man, at last become a believer. Janacek responded "No old man, and no believer - until I see for myself." Of course that wasn't 100 years ago, but there is no suggestion he'd ever been religious.

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:09:40 UTC | #951203