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Musical Dramaturgy and Liturgical Concomitance: Liszt´s Two Organ Masses
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Musicology.
2017 (English)In: Liturgical Organ Music in the Long Nineteenth Century: Preconditions, Repertoires and Border-Crossings / [ed] Peter Peitsalo, Sverker Jullander, Markus Kuikka, Sibelius Academy, 2017Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Jonas Lundblad analyses two late cycles of organ music by Franz Liszt, Missa pro Organo and Requiem, both of which were intended exclusively for the Catholic liturgy, more specifically the spoken or Low Mass, and were composed in an introverted, austere and, at least at first glance, simple style. Liszt here eschews the outward drama and technical challenges of his previous organ music as well as much of the expressiveness of his vocal church music. Both works are based on Mass compositions for male choir and organ, but the substantial differences in relation to the original vocal works, while related to the different liturgical contexts of the respective compositions – the sung and the spoken Mass, respectively – are also the fruit of a new conception of the function of (organ) music in the liturgy. Liszt here moves beyond the idea of purely devotional music (intended to express or enhance [the congregation’s] religious feelings), but neither does he wholly subscribe to the total subservience of music to the proclamation of the kerygma that in the Cecilian movement led to the cultivation of an archaic musical style. Instead, according to the author, in these works Liszt intends to support and express the manifold living interaction between the individual believers and the ‘objective’ drama unfolding in the liturgy. He does this through an innovative approach to harmony which avoids traditional cadential resolutions in favour of enharmonic or semitone-based connections and destabilizes the keys of individual movements, subordinating them to the tonality of the cycle as a whole.

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Sibelius Academy, 2017.
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DocMus Research Publications
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Liszt, Organ Mass, Requiem, liturgy, aesthetics, Catholic, organ
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Musicology
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Musicology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338076OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-338076DiVA: diva2:1171378
Available from: 2018-01-07 Created: 2018-01-07 Last updated: 2018-01-07

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