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Resounding TranscendenceTransitions in Music, Religion, and Ritual$
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Jeffers Engelhardt and Philip Bohlman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199737642

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737642.001.0001

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Sacred Poetics and Musical Politics in Post-Secular Europe

Sacred Poetics and Musical Politics in Post-Secular Europe

(p.191) 10 Sacred Poetics and Musical Politics in Post-Secular Europe
Resounding Transcendence

Philip V. Bohlman

Oxford University Press

As transition to a New Europe reaches the end of a generation, the sacred and political are increasingly intertwined. The dynamics of papal politics and Orange Revolution aesthetics encounter the mobilization of pilgrims across borders, mirroring subaltern empowerment in response to the expansions of the New Europe. Its political identity espouses a politicized Christianity that pushes sectarianized Islam to the continent’s cultural margins, and the sacred music of Old and New Europe sounds political change as a hybrid of past and present. This chapter examines transition as it forms in the mixing of sacred poetics and musical politics through an ethnography of dramatic change, This contrasts the historical longue durée of transition and the ways it has shaped Europe’s identity as Christian, divided sharply along borders between East and West, North and South. Those borders have re-opened as fissures along which new sacred musics narrate the history of Europe’s present.

Keywords:   Europe, Ukraine, Poland, Christianity, Islam, Eurovision, history, cultural identity, sacred music, politics

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