Good morning to everyone who is for or against rock music! With you, Irina Ivaskiv. This article is a continuation of the theatrical production, the first action of which we published earlier. The history of rock music will always be the subject of close attention and ongoing discussion. And that is normal. We continue the “hearing” of Contemporary Music – and let the history of rock music today become at least a little clearer for all of us!

Scene 1 The history of rock music through the eyes of the Prosecutor and the Lawyer
Prosecutor:
Your Honor, Modern Music cannot be taken seriously, because it is too emotional and serves solely to create a certain mood.

Lawyer:
I protest, Your Honor. Any music serves to create a certain mood. Any music has such a purpose. And this goal is justified by the Bible. There is nothing wrong with creating a certain mood. Otherwise, the Baptist Christians would not have sung during the sacrament: “Let us go up to Calvary, my brother …” After all, the performance of this song is nothing but the creation of a serious and reverent mood before the sacrament.

Prosecutor:
I believe that each music has its own purpose: hymns are music glorifying God, and Modern Music is exclusively dance. And dances and the church are simply not comparable concepts.

Lawyer:
Here you must immediately make a reservation that rock music is one of the many musical styles. And in any style, there are various genres. For example: sacred music, opera, song, romance, ballad, ballet, dance music and others. Rock music (as well as other musical styles) includes all these genres. And it would be foolish to limit rock music to just the dance genre. There are rock-style operas, there are many songs and rock-style ballads. And there is no reason to prohibit writing spiritual rock music. After all, it is this style that most accurately reflects the nerve and dynamics of the modern world.

It is not known why it is generally accepted that dancing is a sin. The Bible says that this is not a sin, but part of the culture of Israel (including the liturgical culture). By the way, the Pharisees could never blame Jesus for violating the customs of Israel. Therefore, Jesus most likely participated in festive round dances.

Listen to what song was written in the Middle Ages by Bernard of Clairvaux, a deeply believing and devotedly loving Lord, one of the greatest theologians of his time.
Of course, you should be careful not to use dances in Russian and Ukrainian services, as they are not part of the liturgical culture of Russia and Ukraine. Yes, and to introduce them on purpose is also not worth it. After all, from under the stick you will not sing and do not dance. Worship of God must come from the heart. If your heart has a desire to worship God through dance, dance. It happens that even a Baptist grandmother begins to shake her head in time with another song.

I am also categorically against worldly discos, since they were not created for dancing, but for the realization of lustful desires. But, it seems to me, no one should be against the Christian ballet, for example.

It’s a shame that not all vigilant critics of “dance rock” know that Bach (in the framework of the then Baroque musical style) wrote dance suites. I’m afraid that even after hearing these suites, critics will not understand that this is dance music, and most likely they will take it for spiritual.

Today, Bach is considered to be a genius of sacred music (I’ll say right away that it’s very deserved). But the dance principle is present not only in his dance suites, but also in all his spiritual works. The modern listener, perhaps, does not feel this, but those who lived during the time of Bach testified that his fugues “forced to dance.” Genser, rector of the St. Thomas Protestant school where Bach worked, wrote that when he rehearsed, “… the rhythm took possession of all his limbs so that he began to dance …” Gloria “of Bach and the patient was able to lift from bed.” And here is what modern Christian musicologist Wilfried Mellers writes about Bach’s sacred music: “Bach’s music is the apotheosis of dance. To correctly perform the “Cum Sancto Spiritu” (With the Holy Spirit) from the B minor mass and many other similar passages of Bach, you must learn to dance, and no worse than the modern colored population of North and South America, glorifying God. ”

The history of rock music is amazing … Your Honor, I’ll immediately make a reservation that by the word “rock” I mean the era of electric music from gospel and blues to dream house. However, some rock researchers, fighting for the purity of style, separate the time of electric music from the time of electronic, separating styles: rock, pop and techno (which, in turn, are divided into many smaller directions).