Arvo Pärt: Sounding the Sacred (Paperback)

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By Peter C. Bouteneff (Editor), Jeffers Engelhardt (Editor), Robert Saler (Editor)
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Scholarly writing on the music of Arvo P rt is situated primarily in the fields of musicology, cultural and media studies, and, more recently, in terms of theology/spirituality. Arvo P rt: Sounding the Sacred focuses on the representational dimensions of P rt's music (including the trope of silence), writing and listening past the fact that its storied effects and affects are carried first and foremost as vibrations through air, impressing themselves on the human body. In response, this ambitiously interdisciplinary volume asks: What of sound and materiality as embodiments of the sacred, as historically specific artifacts, and as elements of creation deeply linked to the human sensorium in P rt studies? In taking up these questions, the book "de-Platonizes" P rt studies by demystifying the notion of a single "P rt sound." It offers innovative, critical analyses of the historical contexts of P rt's experimentation, medievalism, and diverse creative work; it re-sounds the acoustic, theological, and representational grounds of silence in P rt's music; it listens with critical openness to the intersections of theology, sacred texts, and spirituality in P rt's music; and it positions sensing, performing bodies at the center of musical experience. Building on the conventional score-, biography-, and media-based approaches, this volume reframes P rt studies around the materiality of sound, its sacredness, and its embodied resonances within secular spaces.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780823289769
ISBN-10: 0823289761
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication Date: December 1st, 2020
Pages: 256
Language: English