The following essays have been commissioned and more details will appear here when they are published:

“Theology and Eclecticism in the Music of Jean-Louis Florentz,” in Florentz Perspectives (Robert Sholl, editor), (commissioned, forthcoming, 2022).

“Apocalyptic themes in the music of Olivier Messiaen,” in Music in the Apocalyptic Mode (Lorenzo DiTommaso and Colin McAllister, editors), (Leiden, Brill: forthcoming 2021).

“Messiaen on Record: the Organ Music,” in Messiaen in Context (Robert Sholl, editor), (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021).

“Messiaen at Sainte-Trinité, Paris,” in Messiaen in Context (Robert Sholl, editor), (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021).


The following is a representative selection of essays written by Dr. Shenton.

“The Rest is Silence: Pärt’s use of Silence,” in Arvo Pärt: Sounding the Sacred (Peter Bouteneff, Jeffers Engelhardt, and Robert Saler, editors), (NYC, Fordham University Press: 2020), pp. 107-126.

“A Cluster of Gathering Shadows: Exposition and Exegesis in James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross,” in James Macmillan Studies (George Parson and Robert Sholl, editors), (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020), pp. 149-166.

“1 + 1 = 1: The Elegant Mathematics of Arvo Pärt’s Tintinnabulation,” in Twentieth-Century Music and Mathematics (Roberto Illiano, editor), (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2019), pp. 111-128.

“Magnificat: Arvo Pärt the quiet evangelist,” in Exploring Christian Song, M. Jennifer Bloxam and Andrew Shenton, editors, (Lexington Press, 2017), pp. 155-172.

“Performing Pärt,” in Arvo Pärt’s White Light: Media, Culture and Politics, Laura Dolp, editor, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 212-237.

“For Whom the Bells Toll: Arvo Pärt’s Passio, Metamodernism and the Appealing Promise of Tintinnabulation,” in Contemporary Music and Spirituality, Robert Sholl and Sander van Maas, editors, (New York: Routledge, 2016), pp. 17-36.

“Musical Settings of the Passion Texts,” in Engaging the Passion: Perspectives on the Death of Jesus, Oliver Larry Yarbrough, editor, (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2015), pp. 111-148.

“Negotiating Ecstasy: Electronic Dance Music and the Temporary Autonomous Zone,” in Thresholds of Listening: Sound, Technics, Space, Sander van Maas, editor, (New York: OUP / Fordham University Press, 2015), pp. 226-243.

“The Essential and Phenomenal Arvo Pärt,” and “Arvo Pärt in his own words,” in The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt, Andrew Shenton, editor, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 1-9 and 111-127.

“Five Quartets: The Search for Stillness and Reconciliation in the War Works of Olivier Messiaen and T. S. Eliot,” in Messiaen the Theologian, Andrew Shenton, editor, (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010), pp. 145-161.