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Introduction

Sander van Maas

in The Reinvention of Religious Music

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230570
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236695 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230570.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter explains the coverage and objective of this book, which is to examine the role of French composer Olivier Messiaen on the reinvention of religious music. This book is driven by the conviction that one can aspire to come close to the phenomenon of the musicosacral or the sacromusical only by continuously and persistently positing the demarcation question about the quiddity of distinction of religious music. It suggests that by breaking new ground in religious music composition, Messiaen has invited a confrontation with contemporary theologians and post-secular thinkers including Hans Urs von Balthasar, Jean-Luc Marion, and Jacques Derrida.

Keywords: Olivier Messiaen; religious music; composers; sacromusical; musicosacral

Chapter.  5362 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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