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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [Paperback]

By Karl Barth (Author) & Clarence K. Pott (Translator)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by Karl Barth

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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Pages   68
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.52" Width: 2.92" Height: 0.17"
Weight:   0.16 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2003
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN  1592444369  
ISBN13  9781592444366  

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Karl Barth Karl Barth (May 10, 1886 – December 10, 1968) was a Swiss Reformed theologian. Barth is often regarded as the greatest Protestant theologian of the twentieth century. His influence expanded well beyond the academic realm to mainstream culture, leading him to be featured on the cover of Time on April 20, 1962.

Beginning with his experience as a pastor, Barth rejected his training in the predominant liberal theology typical of 19th-century European Protestantism. Instead he embarked on a new theological path initially called dialectical theology, due to its stress on the paradoxical nature of divine truth (e.g., God's relationship to humanity embodies both grace and judgment). Barth's unease with the dominant theology which characterized Europe led him to become a leader in the Confessing Church in Germany, which actively opposed Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. In particular, Barth and other members of the movement vigorously attempted to prevent the Nazis from taking over the existing church and establishing a state church controlled by the regime. This culminated in Barth's authorship of the Barmen Declaration, which fiercely criticized Christians who supported the Nazis.

Many critics have referred to Barth as the father of neo-orthodoxy — a term emphatically rejected by Barth himself. A more accurate description of his work might be "a theology of the Word." Barth's work had a profound impact on twentieth century theology and figures such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer — who like Barth became a leader in the Confessing Church — Thomas Torrance, Reinhold Niebuhr, Jacques Ellul, Stanley Hauerwas, Jürgen Moltmann, and novelists such as John Updike and Miklós Szentkuthy.

One of the most prolific and influential theologians of the twentieth century, Barth emphasized the sovereignty of God, particularly through his reinterpretation of the Calvinistic doctrine of election, the sinfulness of humanity, and the "infinite qualitative distinction between God and mankind". His most famous works are his The Epistle to the Romans, which marked a clear break from his earlier thinking; and his massive thirteen-volume work Church Dogmatics, one of the largest works of systematic theology ever written.

Karl Barth was born in 1886 and died in 1968.

Karl Barth has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Church Dogmatics
  2. Columbia Series in Reformed Theology
  3. Facets
  4. Galaxy Books
  5. Karl Barth Church Dogmatics
  6. Library of Theological Ethics
  7. Making of Modern Theology
  8. Question What You Thought Before
  9. scm classics

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A Gem!  Feb 19, 2007

This is a fine diminutive work by a man who was arguably the giant of the 20th Century Christian theologians, about the man who is arguably the most brilliant of classical composers. What a terrific combination that is!

Karl Barth tells us that he began each day with Mozart and he confesses that when he arrives in heaven -- if such a happy lot is his -- that he will first seek out Mozart, before St. Augustine and the other great theologians of the past. So we know the high admiration Dr. Barth has for Mozart.

Some observers are a bit put off by Dr. Barth's scholarship and profundity in others of his works, and that is their prerogative, of course. But in this small volume, he does something that he does in other places as well -- recognize the value of sacred music to the developing soul of a Christian. One need only to recall the famous response he gave to the question about what was the greatest theological truth he had discovered. Dr. Barth's answer was to repeat the simple yet profound lyrics of Anna B. Warner, "Jesus loves me, this I know..."

There have ever been and will always be those who have been drawn to the faith by hymns and anthems, as well as those who have become followers of Christ, not because of theologically brilliant arguments, but rather because of the deeply conveyed truths of sacred music. Barth argues that Mozart has a remarkably high ability to do this.

He also argues that Mozart knew how to play -- which is entirely in keeping with what we read in the many biographies of the composer. Into adulthood, this former child prodigy kept the child-like ability to find enjoyment and convey it to others. No wonder so many are captivated by his music.

If you can get your hands on this little gem, do so. It will be well worth the effort.
Fans and non-fans alike, this one's for you.  Jul 2, 2002
Karl Barth, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Eerdmans, 1956)

Karl Barth, never the world's most orthodox theologian, released a small number of monographs on Mozart during his life, culminating in a keynote speech at a Salzburg festival honoring Mozart's 200th birthday. Eerdmans reprinted the lot of them not long after the festival. So what is it, exactly, that a theologian, no matter how unorthodox, would have to say about one of history's greatest iconoclasts?

Barth makes the argument that Mozart was quite the opposite, the living voice of God on Earth. He attempts to understand the glory of Mozart's music (and in the process refute various tunnel-vision styles of Mozart scholarship popular at the time) in light of Mozart's single-minded, exclusive dedication to music (pointing out a number of times that Mozart was almost impervious to other forms of media, as well as current events). Not an original response to Mozart, but one that, perhaps, had never previously been codified-Barth gives us an understanding of Mozart from the gut, running it through the brain in order to translate it into words.

Barth is always a good writer. Where many of his books in English fail is in the translation; German can be a nasty language viewed from the perspective of English speakers. The translation here is hands down the best I've ever seen in a piece of Barth's work. The book is easy and accessible. Too bad the same translator didn't work on the Dogmatics.

Wonderful stuff, highly recommended not only for Mozart fans but also for those who want to gain an understanding into why Mozart's music is so revered. ****


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