Music for Christian meditation and contemplation

This list was compiled by the Julian Meetings, which are groups of Christians of all denominations, meeting on a regular basis, who foster the teaching and practice of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition.  They encourage people to practise contemplative prayer in their daily lives and to wait on God in silence.  They are named after Julian of Norwich, and like her they seek to ‘be still and know that I am God’.

Methodists value the benefits of stillness even if they don’t always call it meditation or contemplation.  If you wish more details about Christian meditations and contemplations or the Julian meetings check their website: www.julianmeetings.org

Classical:

  • Bach – Concerto for violin(s), strings and continuo N’2 in E
  • Barber – Adagio for strings
  • Beethoven – Pastoral Symphony N’6 in F and especially end movement ‘Scene by the Brook’ and 5th movement ‘After the Storm’
  • Beethoven – Romance in G (violin and orchestra)
  • Beethoven – Romance in F
  • Bruch – Symphony N’3: Adagio; Violin Concerto N’1: Adagio
  • Delius – Summer Night on the River
  • Dvorak – Symphony N’9 – New World – 2nd movement Largo
  • Elgar – Introduction and Allegro
  • Finzi – Cello concerto – 2nd movement Andante Quieto
  • Glass (Ph) – Violin concerto – Slow movement
  • Holst – The Planets – N’2 ‘Venus – the Bringer of Peace’
  • Jenkins (C) – The Armed Man: a mass for peace
  • Part (A) – Fratres; Alina (Spiegel im Spiegel and Für Alina)
  • Tavener (J) – The Protecting Veil, Cello and orchestra
  • Vaughan Williams – Tallis Fantasia, The Lark Ascending

Other instrumental:

  • Bailey, David – Angel Music: Stillness
  • Julian Bream and John Williams – Together Again
  • Einaudi, Ludovico – I giorni; Le Orde – Piano Solo
  • Glass, Philip – Morning Passages from the film ‘The Hours’
  • Glennie, Evelyn – A little prayer; Light and darkness; Marimba Spiritual

Spoken word with Music and Vocal:

  • Rizza, Margaret – Fountain of Life: music for contemplative worship
  • Canto Gregoriano: Coro de monjes del Monasterio de Santo Domingo de Silos
  • Duke, Keith – Sacred Weave: Celtic songs from Lindisfarne
  • Hillsong Church – The Power of Your Love
  • Rutter, John – Mass of the Children
  • Taizé Community – Meditative chant on various recordings
  • Talbot, John Michael – Master Collection: The Quiet Side

 

We will be delighted to add any new suggestions to this list from people who have found support from music to their meditative or contemplative experiences.

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