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The Lyre of Orpheus: Popular Music, the Sacred, and the Profane

Christopher Partridge

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199751396
eISBN:
9780199346462
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751396.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The myth of Orpheus articulates what social theorists have known since Plato—namely that music matters. It has a unique ability to move us, to guide the imagination, to evoke memories, and to create ... More


Introduction

Christopher Partridge

in The Lyre of Orpheus: Popular Music, the Sacred, and the Profane

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199751396
eISBN:
9780199346462
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751396.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The Introduction outlines the Orphic ability of music to bewitch, to engage emotion, to create community, to shape identity, and to evoke a sense of transcendence. It introduces an interpretation of ... More


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