queenbeebear wrote:I doubt that Pagan classical music is observable as a ouvre by itself, as perhaps all music is spiritual in its conception? Much like other areas in life, we see great spirit in all things.
For me, this sums it up! If the composer can evoke the Spirit of Nature or Creation, or can let us hear an echo of the Music of the Spheres, we can follow him by whatever spiritual path we have chosen.
At least, as far as instrumental music is concerned.
Vocal music is not so simple.
I suppose most normal "songs of love and war" also address emotions that Pagans and non-Pagans can share, as long as there are no allusions to one Divine intervention or another.
In classical music, however, there are also Masses, which are settings of Roman Catholic ritual, and oratorios made up largely of Bible verses set to music. And there are operas with classical Greek or ancient Germanic myths as their theme. I think all of these just represent Western European culture as a whole - the culture that produced what we call "classical music": the default religious orientation is Christian, but we are aware of the contribution that Classical, pre-Christian antiquity has made to our culture, so we also use its myths to express ourselves artistically. Hebrew, Christian, Germanic or Classical settings are interchangeable - choose the story line that allows you to say what you want to say, no matter which religion claims it as part of its mythology!
In fact, I'd say that you don't have to be Christian to write church music, and writing an opera with a Greek or Germanic mythological theme doesn't make you a Pagan. Bach and Handel, as protestants, also composed Roman Catholic masses, and Monteverdi's "Orfeo" stands alongside his Church motets; so was he Christian, Pagan or agnostic - or just a creative artist?
But sublime instrumental music (e.g. Elgar's "Nimrod" variation, or Beethoven's "Pastoral" symphony), for me, is a non-dogmatic meditation on the Divine Reality.