Emmanuel - The Gift of Music



Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? In this verse the morning stars are translated as angels.

Music is a gift from God. It is simple and complex and reflects not only the person creating it but the creator. It is transcendent and real and reflects the High Art of our creator. Music is not a distraction from reality (although we can make it an idol) but a window that lets us glimpse what lies beyond our current existence. Johann Sebastian Bach’s famously said: “I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music.”

So, I begin a new series called The Gift of Music in which I will briefly bio the human writer or player along with the music itself in some form.

Emmanuel is derived from the Hebrew name עִמָּנוּאֵל ('Immanu'el) meaning "God is with us" Both Immanuel and Emmanuel are found in the Bible having originally been recorded in Hebrew/Chaldean/Aramaic in the Old Testament and in Greek in the New Testament.

“Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14 KJV).

This piece was written by Michel Colombier and released in 1971. Emmanuel was written to honor the memory of his son who died when he was 5 years old. Michel Colombier was a French composer, arranger, and conductor. He wrote the scores of many motion pictures, TV productions as well as chamber music and ballets.

Let the Lament of this performance by acclaimed trumpeter Chris Botti and "rock star" violinist Lucia Micarelli “Emmanuel" move you. This PBS special "CHRIS BOTTI IN BOSTON", premiered February 28, 2009 and can be viewed on YouTube in its entirety.

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