Music, Modernity, and God: Essays in Listening

Paperback | December 17, 2015

byJeremy Begbie

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When the story of modernity is told from a theological perspective, music is routinely ignored - despite its pervasiveness in modern culture and the manifold ways it has been intertwined with modernity's ambivalent relation to the Christian God. In conversation with musicologists and musictheorists, this collection of essays shows that the practices of music and the discourses it has generated bear their own kind of witness to some of the pivotal theological currents and counter-currents shaping modernity. Music has been deeply affected by these currents and in some cases may haveplayed a part in generating them. In addition, Jeremy Begbie argues that music is capable of yielding highly effective ways of addressing and moving beyond some of the more intractable theological problems and dilemmas which modernity has bequeathed to us. Music, Modernity, and God includes studies of Calvin, Luther, and Bach, an exposition of the intriguing tussle between Rousseau and the composer Rameau, and an account of the heady exaltation of music to be found in the early German Romantics. Particular attention is paid to the complex relationsbetween music and language, and the ways in which theology, a discipline involving language at its heart, can come to terms with practices like music, practices which are coherent and meaningful but which in many respects do not operate in language-like ways.

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When the story of modernity is told from a theological perspective, music is routinely ignored - despite its pervasiveness in modern culture and the manifold ways it has been intertwined with modernity's ambivalent relation to the Christian God. In conversation with musicologists and musictheorists, this collection of essays shows that...

Jeremy Begbie is the inaugural holder of the Thomas A. Langford Research Professorship in Theology at Duke Divinity School, North Carolina, and founding Director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. He teaches systematic theology, and specializes in the interface between theology and the arts. His particular research interest ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:December 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction: Listening to Music2. Shifting Sensibilities: Calvin and Music3. Disquieting Conversations: Bach, Modernity and God4. The Nature of Music: Rameau, Rousseau and Natural Theology5. Musical Apotheosis: Early German Romanticism6. Room of One s Own? Music, Space, and Freedom7. Music and God-talk (1): Mapping the Field8. Music and God-talk (2): Interaction in Action