This script correlates with the score of the Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra at the measure numbers shown (e.g. measure 26 or 15 measures after REHEARSAL 2:). The narrator is meant to read through the text until the next cue; there are a few instances when the narrator has special instructions (e.g. "WAIT until timpani is struck" or "SILENCE").


To each person God gives some talent, such as writing, just to name one, and to many persons He has given musical talent, though not as many as think so. For the young Lutheran, the question must be: do I have a genuine God-given talent or do I just seem talented in comparison to other young Lutherans?
If your talent is choir or organ, there's no problem. Choir members and organists can be sure their gift is from God because who else but God would be interested. Just like nobody gets fat on celery, nobody goes into church music for the wrong motives.
But for a Lutheran who feels led to play in an orchestra, the first question must be: are you kidding? An orchestra? Are you sure this is what you want? Do you know what you are getting into? Opera. Is that anyplace for a Christian? Don Juan and Mephistopheles and Wagner and all his pagan goddesses hooting and hollering, and the immorality -- I mean, is anybody in opera married?
In the Bible, we read about people singing and playing musical instruments:
measure 1: the harp,

measure 2: the last trump,

measure 3: the tinkling cymbal,

measure 4: the psaltery, [SILENCE]

measure 5: but always in praise of the Lord, not for amusement. We do not read that Our Lord himself ever played an instrument or enjoyed hearing others play theirs. The apostles did not attend concerts, or go to dances. You play in an orchestra, you're going to wind up in opera, and the next thing you know, you're going to be skipping Sunday mornings.
If you steer clear of opera and stick to orchestral concert music, where are the Christian composers? Modern ones are existentialists, the Romantics were secular humanists, the eighteenth century was all rationalists, and the seventeenth was Italians, except for Bach, and you can't make a living playing Bach. You go in an orchestra, you're going to be devoting your life to a lot of music that sort of swirls around in spiritual mystery searching for answers that people could find in the Bible if someone showed them where to look. But if you're determined to play in an orchestra, then you ought to ask yourself: which instrument is the best one for a Lutheran to play? If Our Lord had played an instrument, which one would He have chosen?

measure 28: Probably not a French horn.

15 measures after REHEARSAL 2: The French Horn takes too much of a person's life. French horn players hardly have time to marry and have children. The French horn is practically a religion all by itself.

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