Composers as spiritual mediators : Henryk Górecki and John Luther Adams.

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dc.contributor.advisor Boyd, Jean Ann. Cooper, S. Grant (Steven Grant) 2012-05
dc.description.abstract This thesis considers how composers act as agents of spiritual mediation. It examines two individuals of divergent philosophical and cultural perspectives. Henryk Górecki and John Luther Adams responded to twentieth-century crises with two signature works that reflect a desire to remediate the suppression of spiritual forces. Górecki’s Miserere, opus 44 is a plea for reconciliation prompted by the abuse of Poland’s Solidarity movement, and is examined as a product of political and religious oppression in the composer’s nation, and as an invocation of Roman Catholic traditions that relate to its biblical text. John Luther Adams’s In the White Silence, a defense of wilderness places in Alaska, is examined as an outgrowth of environmental activism that resulted in a musical idiom based on ecological principles. The object of this study is to illuminate the role of composers as mediators between corporeal and incorporeal forces, manifesting the spiritual exigencies of mankind. en_US
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dc.subject Twentieth-Century music. en_US
dc.subject Spiritual mediation. en_US
dc.subject Henryk Górecki. en_US
dc.subject John Luther Adams. en_US
dc.subject Poland in the Twentieth Century. en_US
dc.subject Roman Catholic Church. en_US
dc.subject Environmentalism in Alaska. en_US
dc.title Composers as spiritual mediators : Henryk Górecki and John Luther Adams. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US M.M. en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en_US
dc.contributor.department Music. en_US
dc.contributor.schools Baylor University. School of Music. en_US

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