When I was at the Good Shepherd Institute this past November, I heard a presenter wonder aloud whether there are people we could consider church fathers of music. I’m really struck by the idea. What do you think?
I mean, we are the church of Johann Sebastian Bach! Luther himself was quoted to say that music is the handmaiden of theology.
You know me. I’d love to get a list going of church fathers of music! The more practical side of me also wishes for something smaller: a handful of musicians I can be sure to get my children acquainted with.
Any ideas? Leads? Caveats? 🙂 And how we would even understand such a category? Must they be text-writers like St. Ambrose? Or would JS Bach count, as he hand selected poetry suitable for worship?
It’s interesting stuff to think about! Please do share your thoughts with me if you’d like any such lists written up.