Love, Andrew A.
About the author: Brother Andrew Cyprian Love is a Benedictine monk of Glenstal Abbey, County Limerick. He has a lifelong interest in musical improvisation, especially in a liturgical context. He holds a doctorate in musicology from the University of Hull, England, and has a number of publications in theology. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, he has made CD recordings on the organ of Glenstal Abbey, including both standard repertoire and his own composition and improvisation.2003 0-7734-6726-2
This book locates musical improvisation within an ontological framework, which is both scientific and Heideggerian, and ultimately encompasses the whole Christian understanding of reality. Part One deals with historical and cultural issues surrounding musical improvisation. Part Two initiates the author’s philosophical and theological proposal that, from the time of foetal and infantile experience, every human person’s fundamental integration with reality is inseparable from improvisatory musicality. His argument is interdisciplinary, involving music history, critical musicology, 20th-century continental philosophy, ideas from infancy studies and music therapy, and finally ideas from a Christian theology which is both ecumenical and rooted in the Catholic tradition.