From the beginning of the article:
Within the broader context of music and religion in the modern world, H. G. Koenigsberger many years ago raised some questions in passing concerning the concert culture. Seeing the enormous rise of music consumption in Western culture under the aspect of ‘the decline of the religious
appeal of the organized churches’, he asked:
Is not the almost devout attendance of fans at jazz sessions comparable with the devout absorption of the mainly middle-class audiences at a Beethoven symphony concert? Is not the behaviour of a teenage rock ’n’ roll audience remarkably similar to that of the congregation of a revivalist preacher?
Although Koenigsberger’s questions do not in themselves contain a chronological dimension, his article is very much concerned with the historically changing relationship between music and religion in general. The intuitively postulated comparability between performative, public events in modern Western cultures and at least certain religious, ritual celebrations may well be taken as a point of departure for the kind of questions addressed by the Centre for the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals, an interdisciplinary research centre based at the Theological Faculty of the University of Copenhagen on a five-year funding from the Danish National Research Foundation.