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Published: 14 March 2012

242 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823230587

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The Reinvention of Religious Music

Olivier Messiaen's Breakthrough Toward the Beyond

Sander Van Maas

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • A new new voice in the field of music--not part of the New Musicology but drawing on it and going beyond it in their very great philosophical and theoretical expertise.
  • We all associate music with religious feeling (at least, being rather fond of hymns, I do). But what does this mean? Can one really associate music with divinity without risking idolatry? This book brings intense philosophical and theological argumentation to bear on this question, interrogating the work of one of the contemporary composers who most specifically claims a religious dimension for his music.