Searching for the elusive obvious: memory, forgiveness, catharsis, and transcendence in contemporary spiritual music

Sholl, Robert and Van Maas, Sander (2016) Searching for the elusive obvious: memory, forgiveness, catharsis, and transcendence in contemporary spiritual music. In: Contemporary Music and Spirituality. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9781409440581

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Abstract

The flourishing of religious or spiritually-inspired music in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries remains largely unexplored. The engagement and tensions between modernism and tradition, and institutionalized religion and spirituality are inherent issues for many composers who have sought to invoke spirituality and Otherness through contemporary music. This volume provides a detailed exploration of the recent and current state of contemporary spiritual music in its musical, cultural, religious-spiritual and conceptual-philosophical aspects. At the heart of the book are issues that consider the role of secularization, the claims of modernity concerning the status of art, subjective responses such as faith and experience. It provides a new critical lens onto the music and thought of Cage, Ligeti, Messiaen, Stockhausen as spiritual music. The book surrounds these composers with studies of and by composers directly associated with the idea of spiritual music (Pärt, Harvey, Gubaidulina, MacMillan, Pott, and Tavener), and others (Adams, Birtwistle, Ton de Leeuw, Ferneyhough, Ustvolskaya, and Vivier) who have created original engagements with the idea of spirituality. The book should be essential reading for humanities scholars and students working in the areas of musicology, music theory, theology, religious studies, philosophy of culture, and the history of twentieth-century culture.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Music
Depositing User: Robert Sholl
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2016 19:39
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2017 14:27
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2374

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