Spiritual Dimensions in the Music of Edmund Rubbra

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Routledge,, Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, United States, p.1 online resource (2023)

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(OCoLC)fst01030421, bisacsh, fast, Music, MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Classical, MUSIC / History & Criticism, Religious aspects.


Includes bibliographical references and index.Edmund Rubbra's music has given him a reputation as a spiritual' composer, who had an interest in Eastern thought, and a mid-life conversion to Roman Catholicism. This book takes a wide and detailed view of spiritual' dimensions or strands that were important in his life, positioning them both biographically and within the context of contemporaneous English culture. It proceeds to interpret through detailed analysis the ways these spiritual aspects are reflected in specific compositions. Thematical treatment of these spiritual issues, touching on Theosophy, dance, Eastern religions and thought, nature, the evolutionary theory of Teilhard de Chardin and the Christ figure, presents a multi-faceted view of Rubbra's life and music. Its contribution to a scholarly re-evaluation of his place within twentieth-century British music and culture engages and meshes with several areas of current scholarly research in the arts and humanities, including academic interest in Theosophy, modernism and the arts, experimental dance and the Indian cultural renaissance and East-West musical interactions of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It also adds to a burgeoning body of writings on music and spirituality, fuelled by the popularity of later twentieth-century and contemporary composers who make more overt spiritual references in their music.Lucinda Cradduck, now retired, was for nearly thirty years an Associate Lecturer in music with the Open University.Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on February 15, 2023).