Music and Spirituality

Music and Spirituality

Hardcover | October 9, 2015

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Across time and geography people have known the power of music for evoking the gods and acquiring spiritual insight. Whether arising as a textless chant by a single voice or a percussive auditory context for ritual dance, music in its various modes is a virtually ubiquitous companion to religious and spiritual practices. The apparently intangible, insubstantial nature of sound is one of the reasons why music has so effectively symbolized the mysterious and wholly other since the dawn of creation. Not only an accompaniment to one’s spiritual trek, musical compositions from the great oratorios of Handel to the soundtrack to the movie Lord of the Rings also serve as powerful metaphors and inspirations for that journey.

This wondrous array of studies and reflections does not, of course, exhaust any discussion
of the relationship between music and spirituality. On the other hand, it does provide a series
of credible and notable “dots” that allow and invite you, the reader, to connect them each in
your own way and, in the process, acquire new insights and appreciation for the musicalspiritual

Title:Music and SpiritualityFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:210 pages, 9.61 X 6.69 X 0.5 inShipping dimensions:210 pages, 9.61 X 6.69 X 0.5 inPublished:October 9, 2015Publisher:MDPI AGLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3038421022

ISBN - 13:9783038421023

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors Edward Foley Music and Spirituality-Introduction Peter Bannister The Offence of Beauty in Modern Western Art Music Maeve Louise Heaney Can Music "Mirror" God? A Theological-Hermeneutical exploration of Music in the Light of Arvo Pärt''s Spiegel im Spiegel Chiara Bertoglio A Perfect Chord: Trinity in Music, Music in the Trinity Ivan Moody The Seraphim above: Some Perspectives on the Theology of Orthodox Church Music Paul Westermeyer Music and Spirituality: Reflections from a Western Christian Perspective Innocent Smith Dominican Chant and Dominican Identity Michael O''Connor The Liturgical Use of the Organ in the Sixteenth Century: The Judgments of Cajetan and the Dominican Order William Harrison Taylor "To Sing with the Spirit:" Psalms, Hymns and the Spirituality of Late Eighteenth Century American Presbyterians Therese Smith "There is a Higher Height in the Lord": Music, Worship, and Communication with God Mark Duffett Elvis'' Gospel Music: Between the Secular and the Spiritual? Peter Atkins and Emery Schubert Are Spiritual Experiences through Music seen as Intrinsic or Extrinsic?