Heaney, M. L & Hillman, R. (2017). Music's multilayered subversion of the Word. Literature and Theology: an international journal of religion, theory and culture,31(2), M. Griffith, E. Lindsay. 200-214. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frx014
This article explores the polyvalent nature of musical meaning and its contribution to theological reflection in a hermeneutical key, from the perspective of two composers in dialogue about their music. Against an analytical theoretical backdrop drawn from both musicology and theology—Jean-Jacques Nattiez’s semiological tripartition method and Bernard Lonergan’s understanding of consciousness and intentional analysis—the article explores various aspects of the relationship between words and music from a theological perspective. The aim is to present and exemplify music’s contribution to the resonance and complexity of words and thought in theological discourse.
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