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Religion, Rock, and Eroticism

Religion, Rock, and Eroticism Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/black-sacred-music/article-pdf/1/1/47/791811/47pollard.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 13 February 2021 by Alton B. Pollard, III The existentialist philosopher and student of religion Soren Kierkegaard provides us with some initial insight into our subject matter. The following passage is taken from his volume entitled Either/Or: in "The most abstract idea conceivable is sensuous genius . But what medium is this idea expressible? Solely in music . It cannot be expressed in sculpture, for it is a sort of inner qualification of inwardness; nor in painting, for it cannot be apprehended in precisi: outlines; it is an energy, a stonn, impatience , passion , and so on , in all their lyrical quality, yet so that it does not exist in one moment but in a succession of moments, for if it existed in a single moment, it could be modeled or painted . The fact that it exists in a succession of moments expresses its epic character. but still it is not epic in the stricter sense, for it has not yet advanced to words, but moves always in immediacy. Hence it cannot be represented in poetry. The only medium which can express it is music. Music has, namely, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Black Sacred Music Duke University Press

Religion, Rock, and Eroticism

Black Sacred Music , Volume 1 (1) – Mar 1, 1987

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Copyright
© Copyright 1987 JBSM/Jon Michael Spencer
ISSN
1043-9455
eISSN
2640-9879
DOI
10.1215/10439455-1.1.47
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Abstract

Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/black-sacred-music/article-pdf/1/1/47/791811/47pollard.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 13 February 2021 by Alton B. Pollard, III The existentialist philosopher and student of religion Soren Kierkegaard provides us with some initial insight into our subject matter. The following passage is taken from his volume entitled Either/Or: in "The most abstract idea conceivable is sensuous genius . But what medium is this idea expressible? Solely in music . It cannot be expressed in sculpture, for it is a sort of inner qualification of inwardness; nor in painting, for it cannot be apprehended in precisi: outlines; it is an energy, a stonn, impatience , passion , and so on , in all their lyrical quality, yet so that it does not exist in one moment but in a succession of moments, for if it existed in a single moment, it could be modeled or painted . The fact that it exists in a succession of moments expresses its epic character. but still it is not epic in the stricter sense, for it has not yet advanced to words, but moves always in immediacy. Hence it cannot be represented in poetry. The only medium which can express it is music. Music has, namely,

Journal

Black Sacred MusicDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 1987

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