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Sacred Poetics and Musical Politics in Post-Secular Europe

Philip V. Bohlman

in Resounding Transcendence

Published in print April 2016 | ISBN: 9780199737642
Published online April 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190490133 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737642.003.0011
Sacred Poetics and Musical Politics in Post-Secular Europe

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As transition to a New Europe reaches the end of a generation, the sacred and political are increasingly intertwined. The dynamics of papal politics and Orange Revolution aesthetics encounter the mobilization of pilgrims across borders, mirroring subaltern empowerment in response to the expansions of the New Europe. Its political identity espouses a politicized Christianity that pushes sectarianized Islam to the continent’s cultural margins, and the sacred music of Old and New Europe sounds political change as a hybrid of past and present. This chapter examines transition as it forms in the mixing of sacred poetics and musical politics through an ethnography of dramatic change, This contrasts the historical longue durée of transition and the ways it has shaped Europe’s identity as Christian, divided sharply along borders between East and West, North and South. Those borders have re-opened as fissures along which new sacred musics narrate the history of Europe’s present.

Keywords: Europe; Ukraine; Poland; Christianity; Islam; Eurovision; history; cultural identity; sacred music; politics

Chapter.  8164 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology ; Applied Music

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