Dying is a social as well as physiological phenomenon. Each society characterizes and, consequently, treats death and dying in its own individual ways—ways that differ markedly. These particular patterns of death and dying engender modal cultural responses, and such institutionalized behavior has familiar, economical, educational, religious, and political implications. The Handbook of Death and Dying takes stock of the vast literature in the field.
Chapter 101: “Arise, Ye more than Dead!”: Culture, Music, and Death
From Harmony, from heavenly Harmony This universal frame began.
So began John Dryden's (1687) “Ode for St. Cecilia's Day.” He was the leading English poet of his time, and she the Roman martyr who had been venerated since the 5th century and acclaimed patron saint of music about years later. It remained for Georg Frederic Handel to set Dryden's words of praise to inspired music in 1739. By any measure, this was an audacious poetic fancy. Was nature ...