On the Spiritual Power of Music
Limits, Challenges and Horizons in an Ecumenical Perspective
International Congress in Luxembourg from February 7 to February 9, 2019
The congress was co-organized by the Department “Religion, Communication, Education” of the Luxembourg School of Religion & Society (Prof. Jean Ehret, Ph.D., Ph.D.), the Chair of music pedagogy of the University of Würzburg (Prof. Friedhelm Brusniak, Ph.D.) and the Faculté des Lettres, des Sciences Humaines, des Arts et des Sciences de l’Éducation of the University of Luxembourg (Prof. Damien Sagrillo, Ph.D.).
The congress has examined the role of music and its “spiritual power”, especially in ecumenism.
One asked, first of all, in what its “spiritual power” consists, how it can be perceived, how it emerges, how it affects people. Can this “power” be moulded if necessary, and, if so, how? To what extent does the music refer beyond itself? Does it possess its own relation to transcendence?
These considerations were followed by concrete inquiries about the role music has played in the development of denominational identities and what means have been used for this purpose. How might music succeed in building bridges between denominations? To what extent are denominational differences in music still relevant or have they become obsolete? With regard to the “spiritual power of music,” what significance do ecclesiastical teaching, the texts of the Holy Scriptures, or even texts specially composed for musical works have? In this context, special attention was also given to the work of the composer Heinz Werner Zimmermann (* 1930).
This topic was examined from different perspectives: that of music and church history, theology, philosophy, music education, aesthetics (of reception) or interpretation.
Scientific Advisory Board
- Prof. Friedhelm Brusniak, Ph.D., Universität Würzburg
- Prof. Theodor Dieter, Ph.D., Ph.D. h.c., Institut für Ökumenische Forschung, Straßburg
- Prof. Jean Ehret, Ph.D., Ph.D., Luxembourg School of Religion & Society
- Prof. Ulrich Konrad, Ph.D., Universität Würzburg
- Prof. Karl-Heinz Lembeck, Ph.D., Universität Würzburg
- Prof. Damien Sagrillo, Ph.D., University of Luxembourg
- Prof. Meinrad Walter, Ph.D., Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg
Prof. Jean Ehret, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Luxembourg School of Religion & Society
Prof. Damien Sagrillo, Ph.D.
University of Luxembourg
Prof. Friedhelm Brusniak, Ph.D.
University of Würzburg