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The Reinvention of Religious Music: Olivier Messiaen's Breakthrough Toward the Beyond

Sander van Maas

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230570
eISBN:
9780823236695
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230570.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

On the basis of a careful analysis of Olivier Messiaen's work, this book argues for a renewal of our thinking about religious music. Addressing his notion of a “hyper-religious” music ... More


Epilogue: On Affirmation

Sander van Maas

in The Reinvention of Religious Music: Olivier Messiaen's Breakthrough Toward the Beyond

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230570
eISBN:
9780823236695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230570.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This epilogue sums up the key findings about the religious music composition of Olivier Messiaen. It suggests that Messiaen's is far from exemplifying a Christian music of ... More


Renegotiating French Identity: Musical Culture and Creativity in France during Vichy and the German Occupation

Jane F. Fulcher

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190681500
eISBN:
9780190681531
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190681500.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera, History, Western

In light of the recent historiography of Vichy, which stresses its initial political concession, competing factions, and then escalating collaboration with the occupant, this book proposes new ... More


From Darmstadt To Stockholm! Tracing the Swedish Contribution to the Development of a New Organ Style

Kerala J. Snyder

in The Organ as A Mirror of Its Time

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195144154
eISBN:
9780199849369
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195144154.003.0023
Subject:
Music, History, Western

With only a few exceptions, organ music since the time of Max Reger had lost its connection to the general development of advanced music. Composers were inspired to use the serial technique to ... More


Introduction

Sander van Maas

in The Reinvention of Religious Music: Olivier Messiaen's Breakthrough Toward the Beyond

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230570
eISBN:
9780823236695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230570.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

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 ... More


It Is a Glistening Music We Seek

Sander van Maas

in The Reinvention of Religious Music: Olivier Messiaen's Breakthrough Toward the Beyond

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230570
eISBN:
9780823236695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230570.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter attempts to answer the question about what Olivier Messiaen exactly had in mind with his compositions of religious music. It shows that there was a gradual shift ... More


Five Times Breakthrough

Sander van Maas

in The Reinvention of Religious Music: Olivier Messiaen's Breakthrough Toward the Beyond

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230570
eISBN:
9780823236695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230570.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

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 ... More


Balthasar and the Religion of Music

Sander van Maas

in The Reinvention of Religious Music: Olivier Messiaen's Breakthrough Toward the Beyond

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230570
eISBN:
9780823236695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230570.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the connection and convergence between the religious music composition of Olivier Messiaen and the works and philosophy of Swiss theologian Hans Urs von ... More


The Gift of Dazzlement

Sander van Maas

in The Reinvention of Religious Music: Olivier Messiaen's Breakthrough Toward the Beyond

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230570
eISBN:
9780823236695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230570.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the music of dazzlement in Olivier Messiaen's religious music composition based on the phenomenology of Jean-Luc Marion. It explains that Marion ... More


The Technics of Breakthrough

Sander van Maas

in The Reinvention of Religious Music: Olivier Messiaen's Breakthrough Toward the Beyond

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230570
eISBN:
9780823236695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230570.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

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 ... More


The Circumcision of the Ear

Sander van Maas

in The Reinvention of Religious Music: Olivier Messiaen's Breakthrough Toward the Beyond

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230570
eISBN:
9780823236695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230570.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines an aspect of breakthrough in Olivier Messiaen's religious music composition concerning listening “here” and listening in the “beyond”. It analyzes the ... More


Four Last Songs: Aging and Creativity in Verdi, Strauss, Messiaen, and Britten

Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226255590
eISBN:
9780226255620
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226255620.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Later life is a fraught topic in our commercialized, anti-aging, death-denying culture. Where does creativity fit in? The canonical composers whose stories are told here—Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901), ... More


The Musical Legacy of Wartime France

Leslie A. Sprout

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780520275300
eISBN:
9780520955271
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520275300.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Music mattered to the three forces competing for political authority in France during the Second World War. German occupying authorities promoted German music at the expense of the French, while the ... More


French Opera: A Short History

Vincent Giroud

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300117653
eISBN:
9780300168211
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300117653.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

French opera is second only to Italian opera in the length, breadth, and diversity of its history. Yet most people, if asked to come up with titles, could mention only a handful—Carmen, Faust, ... More


Silent Music and Static Motion: The Audiovisual History of Video

Holly Rogers

in Sounding the Gallery: Video and the Rise of Art-Music

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199861408
eISBN:
9780199332731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199861408.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Popular

This chapter unpacks the hypothesis that early video was used by artist-composers to bring together the separate but related histories of music and art. Starting in the early modern era, it ... More


Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992): Faith in God and Art

Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon

in Four Last Songs: Aging and Creativity in Verdi, Strauss, Messiaen, and Britten

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226255590
eISBN:
9780226255620
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226255620.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

When the 67-year-old composer of organ, piano, voice, and orchestral music, Olivier Messiaen, accepted his first opera commission, he seized the opportunity both to renovate what he saw as a moribund ... More


Ignoring Jolivet's Testimony, Embracing Messiaen's Memories

Leslie A. Sprout

in The Musical Legacy of Wartime France

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780520275300
eISBN:
9780520955271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520275300.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Composed and premiered in 1941 in a German prisoner-of-war camp, Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time has become emblematic of the French wartime experience for today's listeners. Yet, although the ... More


Late Style Messiaen

Sander van Maas

in On Religion and Memory

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251629
eISBN:
9780823252961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251629.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Theology

“Late style” is often used to refer to a period of consummation in an artist's output in which he or she looks back on previous work in harmony and resolution. However, “lateness” may also express ... More


Messiaen, Deleuze, and the Birds of Proclamation

Sander van Maas

in Speaking of Music: Addressing the Sonorous

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251384
eISBN:
9780823253029
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251384.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines Olivier Messiaen's music drawing upon bird song. Arguing against François-Bernard Mâche's bioacoustic reading of Messiaen, it stresses the particularity of the temporal mode ... More


From Mystique to Théologique:: Messiaen’s “ordre nouveau,” 1935–39

Stephen Schloesser

in God's Mirror: Renewal and Engagement in French Catholic Intellectual Culture in the Mid-Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823262373
eISBN:
9780823266425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262373.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Whether to categorize Olivier Messiaen’s music as “mystical” or “theological” has been an ongoing historiographical question for several decades. In this chapter, Stephen Schloesser argues that ... More


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