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Experiencing Music – Restoring the Spiritual

Music as Well-being


June Boyce-Tillman

This book concerns an examination of the totality of the musical experience with a view to restoring the soul within it. It starts with an analysis of the strands in the landscape of contemporary spirituality. It examines the descriptors spiritual but not religious, and spiritual and religious, looking in particular at the place of faith narratives in various spiritualities. These strands are linked with the domains of the musicking experience: Materials, Expression, Construction and Values. The book sets out a model of the spiritual experience as a negotiated relationship between the musicker and the music. It looks in detail at various models of musicking drawn from music therapy, ethnomusicology, musicology and cultural studies. It examines the relationship between Christianity and music as well as examining some practical projects showing the effect of various Value systems in musicking, particularly in intercultural dialogue. It finally proposes an ecclesiology of musical events that includes both orate and literate traditions and so is supportive of inclusive community.


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Interlude One: A Place of Transformation: A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Interlude One A Place of Transformation: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Synopsis This play is about an encounter between four groups – the aristocracy, the tradesmen, the fairies and the natural world of the midsummer wood. Celebrations are planned to mark the marriage of Theseus, Duke of Athens and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Egeus brings his rebellious daughter Hermia in front of the Duke. She is refusing to marry Demetrius, her father’s choice, because she is in love with Lysander. The Duke orders Hermia to obey her father or, according to Athenian law, she must face either death or a convent. Hermia and Lysander decide to elope that night. They confide in their friend Helena and she, in love with Demetrius and hoping to win his affection, tells him of the plan. That night, all four lovers steal away into the wood. Rehearsing that midsummer night in the same wood is a group of Athenian tradesmen, led by Peter Quince, who are planning to perform a play, The Tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe, in celebration of the Duke’s wedding. Also in the wood are Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of the Fairies, who have quarrelled over Titania’s refusal to give up her changeling boy to Oberon. He sends Puck to find a magic plant, the juice of which, squeezed on the eyes of someone sleeping, will cause them to fall in love with the first creature they see on waking. Oberon uses the juice on Titania who falls rapturously in...

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