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Music_and_Transcendence [1]Music and Transcendence
Edited by Férdia J. Stone-Davis
August 2015
272 pages

This collection of essays explores the ways in which music relates to transcendence by bringing together the disciplines of musicology, philosophy and theology. 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’ or can equally well be conceived in an ‘immanent’ (or secular) sense. Contributors examine how music has not only played a 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.


Férdia J. Stone-Davis

Part I Music and Absolute Transcendence:

Music and the beyond in the later Middle Ages
Christopher Page

Hearing the transcendental place: sound, spirituality and sensuality in the musical practices of an
Indian devotional order
Sukanya Sarbadhikary

‘Sonorous air’: the transcendent in Ferruccio Busoni’s aesthetics of music
John Habron

Creatio ex improvisatione: Chrétien on the call
Bruce Ellis Benson

Unwritten theology. Notes towards a natural theology of music
Russell Re Manning

Music and the transcendental
Roger Scruton

Theomusical subjectivity: Schleiermacher and the transcendence of immediacy
Jonas Lundblad

Negotiating musical transcendence
Jeremy S. Begbie

Part II Music and Immanent Transcendence:

C.P.E. Bach’s Heilig and ‘the Holy’ of Rudolf Otto: an 18th-century experience of the Mysterium Tremendum
Joshua A. Waggener

Music and world-making: Haydn’s String Quartet in E-flat major (op. 33 no. 2)
Férdia J. Stone-Davis

Music and Immanence: the 1902 ‘Klinger: Beethoven Exhibition’ and the Vienna Secession
Diane V. Silverthorne

‘Where nature will speak to them in sacred sounds’: music and transcendence in Hoffmann’s Kreisleriana
Thomas J. Mulherin

Religious music as child’s play: Gadamer’s hermeneutics and instrumental music
Oane Reitsma

Immanence, transcendence and political song
Christopher Norris

Music, transcendence, and philosophy
Andrew Bowie

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