Cosmic Music: Musical Keys to the Interpretation of Reality [NOOK Book]

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The idea that the universe is created out of sound or music (and therefore is music) is a very ancient one. In this book, Joscelyn Godwin brings together three contemporary German thinkers who exemplify this tradition in its modern variants: Marius Schneider, Rudolf Haase, and Hans Erhard Lauer. The selections draw on ancient Indian sources and mythology; Kepler's Platonic vision of a musical, geometric universe; and the evolution of the tone ...
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Cosmic Music: Musical Keys to the Interpretation of Reality

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Overview

The idea that the universe is created out of sound or music (and therefore is music) is a very ancient one. In this book, Joscelyn Godwin brings together three contemporary German thinkers who exemplify this tradition in its modern variants: Marius Schneider, Rudolf Haase, and Hans Erhard Lauer. The selections draw on ancient Indian sources and mythology; Kepler's Platonic vision of a musical, geometric universe; and the evolution of the tone systems of music.

While every music lover senses the power and truth that reside in music, very few actually approach music as a path to cosmic knowledge. Godwin takes literally Beethoven's assertion that "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom or philosophy." Godwin writes, ". . .to penetrate the mysteries of music is to prepare for initiation into those fathomless mysteries of man and cosmos."
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The most original and exciting text currently available on the ancient musical mysteries...
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"The most original and exciting text currently available on the ancient musical mysteries."
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"The most original and exciting text currently available on the ancient musical mysteries."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620550946
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 12/1/1989
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,241,249
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Joscelyn Godwin was born in Kelmscott, Oxfordshire, England on January 16, 1945. He was educated as a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral School, Oxford, then at Radley College (Music Scholar), and Magdalene College, Cambridge (Music Scholar; B.A., 1965, Mus. B., 1966, M.A. 1969). Coming to the USA in 1966, he did graduate work in Musicology at Cornell University (Ph. D., 1969; dissertation: "The Music of Henry Cowell") and taught at Cleveland State University for two years before joining the Colgate University Music Department in 1971. He has taught at Colgate ever since.
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Table of Contents


Introduction by Joscelyn Godwin

Marius Schneider:

The Nature of the Praise Song

Acoustic Symbolism in Foreign Cultures

Rudolf Haase:

Harmonics and Sacred Tradition

Kepler's World Harmony and its Significance for Today

The Sequel to Kepler's Harmony

Hans Erhard Lauer:

Mozart and Beethoven in the Development of Western Culture

A Meditation on Cultural History for Mozart's 200th Birthday

The Evolution of Music Through Changes in Tone-Systems

Appendix and Index:
 
Johannes Kepler:

Mysterium Cosmographicum

Harmonies Mundi (1619), Book V

Index 

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