The Technics of 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:
The Technics of Breakthrough

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This chapter examines the conflict between Olivier Messiaen's testimony on the hyperreligious qualities and the technicity in his music. It proposes a concept of technics that may be used for analyzing the singularity of breakthrough together with both structural possibility and empirical cases of the repetitions of it. This chapter asserts that the technical is a constitutive part of what Messiaen calls breakthrough and that that singularity of religious experience is always contaminated with the artificiality and repeatability of technics.

Keywords: Olivier Messiaen; religious music composition; technics; breakthrough; religious experience; religion and music

Chapter.  14226 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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