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The Father, The Son and the hole that mystifies classical musicians

Few composers have approached the Holy Spirit. Enter James MacMillan

Ivan Hewett

James MacMillan, Scotland’s most famous living composer, is about to make musical history. He has written an entire piece inspired by the Holy Spirit, the first person ever to do so.

It’s his fifth symphony, entitled Le Grand Inconnu (The Great Unknown), which will be performed at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival’s generous celebrations to mark the composer’s 60th birthday.

It may seem surprising to find a contemporary composer being inspired by such an abstrusely theological topic, but MacMillan doesn’t see it as odd...

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