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

Sander van Maas


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 of sounds and colors, it aims to show that Messiaen has broken new ground. His reinvention of religious music makes us again aware of the fact that, if taken in its proper radical sense, it belongs to the foremost of musical adventures. The work of Olivier Messiaen is well known for its inclusion of religious themes and gestures. These alone, however, do not seem en ... More

Keywords: religious music, Messiaen, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Jean-Luc Marion, Derrida, music theology, religious, technics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823230570
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230570.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sander van Maas, author