Gravity and Grace (Arvo Pärt) (Religion in Music)

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You can hear a little bit of it here. Full of grace, driving fast down rt. 81 listening to Arvo Pärt In Principio  is mysterious and very beautiful. A more complex sensation is the realization that you are going just under 80 mph when you catch sight of the State Police patrol car waiting just over the hump of the road. They tend not to pull you over if you stay just below 80 mph in a 65 mph zone. At that precise speed, you get to cross the limit just on the inside of the law. Melding instrument and text, Pärt’s church Slavonic sound is full of Christ, shrouds, martyrs, relics, and memorials. “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” They had their reasons.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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1 Response to Gravity and Grace (Arvo Pärt) (Religion in Music)

  1. dmfant says:

    music (and images) in lectures:

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