Church of the Cross

February 19 2015

Not even firebombing obliterates a city. Tokyo is still Tokyo. A European city can’t be rebuilt so easily, but Dresden is impressive, with something momentous about it, seen from the Elbe. Bells of the Church of the Cross:

Old town:

There are no bells in Islam, but church bells are part of western music.

Cage and Stockhausen must have known that. Unsurprisingly, some of the most beautiful are in Germany. Is allowing the sound of church bells but not the call to prayer in a European city discrimination against Islam? If something affects (is heard by) a whole population, don’t the preferences of the majority rule, when in other cases minority rights would rule? Sounds are all-pervasive, sights are not.

2 Responses to “Church of the Cross”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    I would programme this into the Proms.

  2. davidderrick Says:

    Why can’t European cities be rebuilt so easily? Because they are often built to a plan, whereas a city such as Tokyo grows organically. And because wooden buildings (temples, shrines, etc), unlike stone buildings, are always being rebuilt anyway. Tokyo is still spiritually a wooden rather than a stone city. (One of the few cities in Japan which, under Chinese influence, was built to a plan, Kyoto, was also one of the few major cities spared any large-scale bombing.)

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