Introduction: An Art Open to the Divine

  • David BrownEmail author
  • Gavin Hopps


This chapter explains what is meant by ‘extravagance,’ first in relation to music and then in relation to the divine. The section on the former includes a consideration of music’s ineffability—which is defended against the objections of certain ‘new musicologists’—and a contextualizing historical discussion of music’s disclosive and affective capacities, which are associated with the ‘Pythagorean’ and ‘Orphic’ traditions. The chapter concludes with some brief reflections on what is innovative about the volume, which focusses in particular on its optimistic theological vision of music, which seeks to widen and multiply the spaces in which the divine may be encountered and encourages an openness to religious possibilities.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of St. AndrewsSt. AndrewsUK

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