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From the Winter 2017 issue of Knowing & Doing:

Finding Lewis-Like Joy in the
Music of Sergei Rachmaninoff

by Randy Newman, Ph.D.
Senior Teaching Fellow for Apologetics
and Evangelism, C.S. Lewis Institute

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  I catch myself “stopping to stare” at Rachmaninoff’s music quite often. Have you found those roadside objects of even less importance that bring you joy — an unsatisfied desire, which is itself more desirable than any satisfaction? I hope you’ll stop and stare. Or, perhaps, stop and listen.


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1 C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy (1955; repr., New York: Mariner, 2012), 18.
2 C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses (1949; repr., New York: HarperOne, 2001), 39.
3 Lewis, Surprised by Joy, 7.
4 Ibid., 78.
5 Harold C. Schonberg, The Lives of the Great Composers, 3rd ed. (New York: Norton, 1997), 520.
6 Gregory E. Ganssle, Our Deepest Desires: How the Christian Story Fulfills Human Aspirations (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2017), 76.
7 Lewis, Weight of Glory, 42.
8 Schonberg, Lives, 512.
9 Ibid., 510.
10 Robert Walker, Rachmaninoff: His Life and Times (Neptune City, NJ: Paganini, 1981), 107.
11 Lewis, Surprised by Joy, 238.

Randy Newman is Senior Teaching Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism at the C.S. Lewis Institute. He is also an adjunct faculty member for Talbot School of Theology and Patrick Henry College. He received his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. After serving for over 30 years with Campus Crusade for Christ, he established Connection Points, a ministry to help Christians engage people’s hearts the way Jesus did. He has written four books and numerous articles about evangelism and other ways our lives intertwine with God’s creation. He and his wife Pam live in Annandale, VA and have three grown sons. Randy blogs at


Recommended Reading:
How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd edition (Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses – The Teaching Company, LLC.)

Professor Greenberg brings his brilliant insights about music along with his captivating style of lecturing, to help any listener, regardless of level of musical training, appreciate classical music in fun and engaging ways. Most public libraries have these contributions to The Great Courses. Once you listen to this introductory series by Dr. Greenberg, you may want to listen to his other courses about specific composers or other aspects of great music.

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