Chapter

Five Times Breakthrough

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/9780823230570.003.0003
Five Times Breakthrough

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This chapter examines the compositional side of the music of dazzlement of Olivier Messiaen's religious music. It analyzes five passages from La Transfiguration and suggests though that there are great mutual differences between them there are also a number of tendencies that they have in common. At the point of spectacle of breakthrough and dazzlement, Messiaen appears to be doing a great deal more than evoking synthetic effects in his music because there are aspects of narrativity and mise-en-scene in play that indicate a step beyond musical content in the direction of form.

Keywords: Olivier Messiaen; music of dazzlement; religious music; La Transfiguration; musical composition

Chapter.  10495 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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