In a new series, four leading thinkers explore the spiritual essence of music.
This week Rabbi Julia Neuberger, the first woman to take charge of her own synagogue, considers the role of music in affirming her religious identity, in coping with grief, and as a metaphor for the pattern of our lives. Her musical choices include the singing of tenor Joseph Schmidt, Brahms's Requiem, and Schubert's song Der Wanderer D489/D493.
In the third of four programmes, architect Daniel Libeskind explores the place of music in his spiritual life. Educated as a concert pianist, Libeskind considers music's power in affirming his national identity, and discusses its place in helping us to come to terms with horrific events in history, the same events which led to his designs for the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Freedom Tower to be built at New York's Ground Zero. His music choices include piano music by Chopin, Yehudi Menuhin playing Bloch's Violin Concerto and the remarkable sound of traditional Inuit singing games.