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Religions 2014, 5(2), 361-384; doi:10.3390/rel5020361

Can Music “Mirror” God? A Theological-Hermeneutical Exploration of Music in the Light of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel

St. Pauls Theological College, Australian Catholic University, 1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo, Queensland 4014, Australia
Received: 1 January 2014 / Revised: 12 March 2014 / Accepted: 13 March 2014 / Published: 1 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Music and Spirituality)
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A theological exploration of the potential of non-liturgical instrumental music for the transmission of religious Christian faith experience, based on a hermeneutical tool drawn from Jean-Jacques Nattiez as applied to Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel. The article explores musical composition, reception, as well as the piece of music in itself, to discover common traits and keys to understanding its “meaning”, and relate it to current thought and development in theology; in particular to themes of creativity, theological aesthetics, the Ascension, the artistic vocation and meaning-making in contemporary culture, through music and films. View Full-Text
Keywords: music; Nattiez; Pärt; faith and culture; Spiegel im Spiegel; Sequeri, aesthetics; Ascension; presence; semiotics music; Nattiez; Pärt; faith and culture; Spiegel im Spiegel; Sequeri, aesthetics; Ascension; presence; semiotics
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Heaney, M.L. Can Music “Mirror” God? A Theological-Hermeneutical Exploration of Music in the Light of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel. Religions 2014, 5, 361-384.

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