The Russian Court Chapel Choir, 1796-1917

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Music - 198 pages
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The legendary Greek figure Orpheus was said to have possessed magical powers capable of moving all living and inanimate things through the sound of his lyre and voice. Over time, the Orphic theme has come to indicate the power of music to unsettle, subvert, and ultimately bring down oppressive realities in order to liberate the soul and expand human life without limits. The liberating effect of music has been a particularly important theme in twentieth-century African American literature.

The nine original essays in Black Orpheus examines the Orphic theme in the fiction of such African American writers as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Nathaniel Mackey, Sherley Anne Williams, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison. The authors discussed in this volume depict music as a mystical, shamanistic, and spiritual power that can miraculously transform the realities of the soul and of the world. Here, the musician uses his or her music as a weapon to shield and protect his or her spirituality. Written by scholars of English, music, women's studies, American studies, cultural theory, and black and Africana studies, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection ultimately explore the thematic, linguistic structural presence of music in twentieth-century African American fiction.


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The Development of Court Chant in Historical and Liturgical Context
Concert Activities Critical Reaction Repertoire and Censorship
The Directors of the Court Kapella as Composers of Church Music
Draft Regulations of the Music School of the Court Kapella later
Regulations and Detailed Programme of the 1nstrumemal Class of
Statute of the Precemors Class in the Court Kapella compiled
Statute of the Precemors Class of the Court Kapella gramed imperial
Concerts given by the St Petersburg Philharmonic Society in conjunction

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