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Lux Gloriosa: Music, Architecture and the Sacred
by Grinenco, Victor, M.A., Mills College, 2015, 99; 1589445
Abstract (Summary)

There are musical pieces whose structures are based on the architectural structure of a sacred building because their composers seek to lead the listener to the contemplation of transcendental beauty in a full and gentle way. For that reason the composer tries to ‘duplicate’ the attraction to the spiritual and elevated reality by following the same path used by the architect. Regardless of the aesthetics of the composer, we find a similar compositional process: taking the architectonic structure of the sacred place and translating the ‘spiritual paths’ sought by the architect for the viewer, to the same spiritual path defined by a musical structure.

In order to demonstrate this thesis, I will analyze two musical pieces from different periods in the history of Western music—"Nuper Rosarum Flores" by Guillaume Dufay and "Hadewijch" by Louis Andriessen—and finally I will present the compositional process of my own piece Lux Gloriosa, specifically composed for the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland CA.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Parkins, Zeena, Ghuman, Dr. Nalini
Commitee: Bernstein, David, Donahue, David M.
School: Mills College
Department: Music - Composition
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Musical composition
Keywords: Architecture, Experimental music, Music, Sacred, Sacred architecture, Sacred music, Dufay, Guillaume , Andriessen, Louis , Original music
Publication Number: 1589445
ISBN: 978-1-321-77069-8
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