Music in the Apocalyptic Mode


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In this volume, the first panoramic study of music in the apocalyptic mode, an international and trans-disciplinary array of scholars and composers explore the resonance of the ancient biblical Revelation of John across the centuries in musical works as diverse as El Cant de la Sibil·la, the Dies Irae, cantatas and oratorios by Bach and Telemann, Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet, African American Spirituals, Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps, Christian “ApokRock,” Hip-hop, Grimes’s album Miss Anthropocene, and the songs of Bob Marley and Bob Dylan. This innovative volume will engage scholars, students, and all those interested in the intersection of music, religion, history, and popular culture.

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Lorenzo DiTommaso is Professor of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University Montréal. He has published widely on apocalyptic thinking in the ancient, medieval, and modern worlds.

Colin McAllister is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. His publications include The Cambridge Gloss on the Apocalypse (Brepols, Corpus Christianorum in Translation) and the Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature.
Scholars and students of music, religious studies, theology, history, sociology, and popular culture, as well as interested non-specialists.
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