When we transcend the world of objects in hearing music, what we experience is the presence of Being itself. We have crossed a frontier, a crossing which occurs nowhere else with such directness. Only music possesses the means for achieving a sensuous presentness of Being which is both direct and non-objective. The simplest music transcends the purely objective. Music too, however, can slip into the cold uniformity of empirical existence. It is then experienced as a surface, as something in which we are merely 'interested.' However, if in listening to music there is a suspension of the aesthetical mode of experience, a suspension which paves the way to a 'listening through' instead of a 'listening to' then music is experienced as a direct, open, powerful presence of Being.
Music occupies a high place in man's cipher script, in his endeavor to pierce all veils of the mystery of existence.
from Chapter Nine of my 'Music and Metaphysics'