9780754664796

Thresholds: Rethinking Spirituality Through Music

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  • ISBN13:

    9780754664796

  • ISBN10:

    0754664791

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-10-30
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co

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Summary

In Thresholds Marcel Cobussen rethinks the relationship between music and spirituality. The point of departure is the current movement within contemporary classical music known as New Spiritual Music, with as its main representatives Arvo Pärt, John Tavener, and Giya Kancheli. In almost all respects, the musical principles of the new spiritual music seem to be diametrically opposed to those of modernism: repetition and rest versus development and progress, tradition and familiarity versus innovation and experiment, communication versus individualism and conceptualism, tonality versus atonality, and so on. As such, this movement is often considered as part of the much larger complex called postmodernism.

Author Biography

Marcel Cobussen is Assistant Professor of Music Philosophy and Cultural Theory, Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Table of Contents

The desert in the desert
A short prelude to music and spirituality
Stories
New spiritual music
Between heaven and earth
Sirens
Language, spirituality, music
Wanderings
The abyss
Silence
Listening to music
Para-spirituality
The bridge and the laugh
Bibliography
Index
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