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THE RETURN OF RELIGION IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Andreas Andreopoulos

in Literature and Theology

Volume 14, issue 1, pages 81-95
Published in print March 2000 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 2000 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/14.1.81
THE RETURN OF RELIGION IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

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The intent of this article is to show some evidence towards the hypothesis that takes the relatively recent (re)turn of art towards religion as a part of a larger spiritual phenomenon rather than as an exclusively artistic trend. The art and the views of some contemporary composers whose art expresses the return of the sacred, mainly Henryk Gorecki Arvo Part and John Tavener, are examined here Music by the three composers who can be said to represent the New Simplicity, an artistic trend that epitomizes the vanguard of art while expressing spiritual and religious contemporary concerns at the same time, is discussed within the philosophical background of the end of modernism and the return of the sacred.

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