Music and Transcendence explores the ways in which music relates to transcendence by bringing together the disciplines of musicology, philosophy and theology, thereby uncovering congruencies between them that have often been obscured. Music has the capacity to take one outside of oneself and place one in relation to that which is ’other’. This ’other’ can be conceived in an ’absolute’ sense, insofar as music can be thought to place the self in relation to a divine ’other’ beyond the human frame of existence. However, the ’other’ can equally well be conceived in an ’immanent’ (or secular) sense, as music is a human activity that relates to other cultural practices. Music here places the self in relation to other people and to the world more generally, shaping how the world is understood, without any reference to a God or gods. The book examines how music has not only played a significant role in many philosophical and theological accounts of the nature of existence and the self, but also provides a valuable resource for the creation of meaning on a day-to-day basis.

chapter |10 pages


part I|99 pages

Music and Absolute Transcendence

chapter 2|12 pages

Hearing the Transcendental Place

Sound, Spirituality and Sensuality in the Musical Practices of an Indian Devotional Order

chapter 3|14 pages

‘Sonorous Air'

The Transcendent in Ferruccio Busoni's Aesthetics of Music

chapter 4|16 pages

Creatio ex improvisatione

Chrétien on the Call

chapter 5|10 pages

Unwritten Theology

Notes Towards a Natural Theology of Music

chapter 6|10 pages

Music and the Transcendental

chapter 7|20 pages

Theomusical Subjectivity

Schleiermacher and the Transcendence of Immediacy

part II|113 pages

Music and Immanent Transcendence

chapter 9|12 pages

C.P.E. Bach's Heilig and ‘the Holy' of Rudolf Otto

An Eighteenth-Century Experience of the Mysterium Tremendum

chapter 10|22 pages

Music and World-Making

Haydn's String Quartet in E-Flat Major (op. 33 no. 2)

chapter 11|12 pages

Music and Immanence

The 1902 ‘Klinger: Beethoven Exhibition' and the Vienna Secession

chapter 12|18 pages

‘Where nature will speak to them in sacred sounds'

Music and Transcendence in Hoffmann's Kreisleriana

chapter 13|18 pages

Religious Music as Child's Play

Gadamer's Hermeneutics and Instrumental Music

chapter 15|12 pages

Music, Transcendence, and Philosophy