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Friday February 12th 2016

Ludwig Van Beethoven and Sacred Music

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

American Minute with Bill Federer

A peer of Mozart and Haydn, he started becoming deaf at age 28, yet incredibly wrote some of the world’s most beautiful symphonies, concertos and sonatas. This was Ludwig van Beethoven, baptized DECEMBER 17, 1770, in Bonn, Germany.

President Jimmy Carter noted while visiting Bonn, July 14, 1978:

“As the world’s people speak and work and live together, we all could well remember the poem of Friedrich Schiller, immortally put to music by the great Beethoven, a son of Bonn, the “Ode to Joy”:

“Alle Menschen werden Bruder Wo dein sanfter Flitgel weilt.” (“All mankind shall be brothers where thy gentle wings abide.”)

Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” is also used as the tune of Princeton professor Henry Van Dyke’s hymn “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.”

In 1801, Beethoven, being deaf, wrote:

“No friend have I. I must live by myself alone; but I know well that God is nearer to me than others in my art, so I will walk fearlessly with Him.”

Supreme Court Justice Jackson wrote in McCollum v. Board of Education, 1948:

“It would not seem practical to teach . . . the arts if we are to forbid exposure of youth to any religious influences. Music without sacred music . . . would be . . . incomplete, even from a secular point of view.”


Beethoven, Ludwig van.

Statement recorded by Nathan Haskell Dole, A Score of Musical Composers.

Stephen Abbott Northrop, D.D., A Cloud of Witnesses (Portland, OR: American Heritage Ministries, 1987; Mantle Ministries, 228 Still Ridge, Bulverde, TX), p. 29.

U.S. Supreme Court. 1948, Justice Frankfurter, McCollum v. Board of Education of School District Number 71, 333 U.S. 203, 236 (1948).

Elizabeth Ridenour, Public Schools – Bible Curriculum (Greensboro, N.C.: National Council On Bible Curriculum, 1996), p. 13, 14-15, 28, 42.

Robert K. Skolrood, The National Legal Foundation, letter to National Council on the Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, Sept. 13, 1994, p. 2.

Public Papers, President Jimmy Carter, Federal Republic of Germany, remarks at the Bonn City Hall, from the balcony of the Bonn Rathaus, July 14, 1978, 3:20 p.m.

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