Daniel and genre Confusion: The Strange Case of the Burning Fiery Furnace

McGrail, Peter (2013) Daniel and genre Confusion: The Strange Case of the Burning Fiery Furnace. Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception, 3 (1). pp. 41-56. ISSN 1179-7231

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Abstract

This article explores an opera by Benjamin Britten, designed especially for a church setting. It does so through the lens of musicology and of ritual. It argues that there is here a blurring of the border between ritual more generally, especially the Noh form, and Christian liturgical drama. The presentation of a specific setting of biblical material through the medium of musical performance focuses interpretation of text on the impact of sound and sight on an audience whose perspective is already shaped by encountering the performance within a church building. The paper concludes that watching and believing are not necessarily separate actions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Britten, Benjamin; Burning Fiery Furnace
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Susan Murray
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 15:46
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2013 15:46
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/148

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