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Religions 2017, 8(12), 265; doi:10.3390/rel8120265

Liminality, Postmodernity and Passion: Towards a Theoretical Framework for the study of 21st Century Choral Passion Settings

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Choral Music, Loyola University, 1032 W Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660, USA
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Liturgy and Music, Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL 60615, USA
Received: 11 October 2017 / Revised: 21 November 2017 / Accepted: 30 November 2017 / Published: 7 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Music: Its Theologies and Spiritualities—A Global Perspective)
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Abstract

After more than a century of neglect of the form, over thirty major concert works with “Passion” within the title have emerged into the choral landscape during the past 50 years. These settings use diverse libretti, drawing from sources both sacred and secular; some of the composers of these works profess Christianity, some adhere to other religious traditions, and some do not profess any particular faith at all. Their only common threads seem to be their self-identification with the title of “Passion”, and their depiction of a story in which a particular individual undergoes suffering and death. The purpose of this article is not to analyze specific Passion settings but rather to explore the structural form and content of the Passion genre as a whole, and begin to develop an interdisciplinary framework for future analysis of this body of music, using the tools offered by the field of liminal studies. Additionally, this essay will explore how the concept of Postmodernism, both as it manifests both in Western culture and through that culture’s artistic and musical expression, might give some insight into the Passion form’s resurgence into modern musical thought. View Full-Text
Keywords: Passion; liminality; ritual; postmodernism; choral music; 21st century music Passion; liminality; ritual; postmodernism; choral music; 21st century music
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Budziak, J.K. Liminality, Postmodernity and Passion: Towards a Theoretical Framework for the study of 21st Century Choral Passion Settings. Religions 2017, 8, 265.

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