The Music Of Frank Mills: 01. The Peter Piper Theme 02. Piano Lesson No. 5 03. Seascapes 04. Love Me, Love Me, Love Me 05. The Blues Don't Last06. Mountains Of Mourne 07. Music Box Dancer 08. Jingle Bells 09. Going Home 10. Frank's Rag 11. Chickadee 12. The Peter Piper Theme 13. Music Box Dancer Christmas With Frank Mills:14. Go Tell It On The Mountain 15. What Child Is This 16. The Huron Carol 17. Oh Holy Night 18. Jingle Bells 19. Away In A Manger 20. Somewhere A Child Is Sleeping 21. Music Box Dancer 22. Mary's Boy Child 23. Frank's Rag 24. 'Twas The Night Before Christmas 25. Silent Night 26. Flat Baroque 27. Silver Bells 28. The Peter Piper (Promo)
Present-day music studies conspicuously evade the question of religion in contemporary music. Although many composers address the issue in their work, as yet there have been few attempts to think through the structure of religious music as we hear it. On the basis of a careful analysis of Olivier Messiaen's work, this book argues for a renewal of our thinking about religious music. Addressing his notion of a "hyper-religious" music of sounds and colors, it aims to show that Messiaen has broken new ground. His reinvention of religious music makes us again aware of the fact that religious music, if taken in its proper radical sense, belongs to the foremost of musical adventures. The work of Olivier Messiaen is well known for its inclusion of religious themes and gestures. These alone, however, do not seem enough to account for the religious status of the work. Arguing for a "breakthrough toward the beyond" on the basis of the synaesthetic experience of music, Messiaen invites a confrontation with contemporary theologians and post-secular thinkers. How to account for a religious breakthrough that is produced by a work of art? Starting from an analysis of his 1960s oratorio La Transfiguration de Notre-Seigneur Jеsus-Christ, this book arranges a moderated dialogue between Messiaen and the music theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, the phenomenology of revelation of Jean-Luc Marion, the rethinking of religion and technics in Jacques Derrida and Bernard Stiegler, and the Augustinian ruminations of Sоren Kierkegaard and Jean-Franсois Lyotard. Ultimately, this confrontation underscores the challenging yet deeply affirmative nature of Messiaen's music.