Harmonies of Heaven and Earth: Mysticism in Music from Antiquity to the Avant-Garde

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Joscelyn Godwin explores music's effects on matter, living things, and human behavior. Turning to metaphysical accounts of the higher worlds and theories of celestial harmony, the author follows the path of musical inspiration on its descent to Earth, illuminating the archetypal currents that lie beneath Western musical history.
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Harmonies of Heaven and Earth: Mysticism in Music from Antiquity to the Avant-Garde

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Overview

Joscelyn Godwin explores music's effects on matter, living things, and human behavior. Turning to metaphysical accounts of the higher worlds and theories of celestial harmony, the author follows the path of musical inspiration on its descent to Earth, illuminating the archetypal currents that lie beneath Western musical history.
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Editorial Reviews

Gnosis
"Through a rich, eclectic mix of mythological, philosophical, literary, and scientific references, the deeper meanings of sound and music are revealed."
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"Through a rich, eclectic mix of mythological, philosophical, literary, and scientific references, the deeper meanings of sound and music are revealed."
Gnosis Magazine
"Through a rich, eclectic mix of mythological, philosophical, literary, and scientific references, the deeper meanings of sound and music are revealed."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892815005
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/1987
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joscelyn Godwin, Professor of Music at Colgate University, is the author of The Harmony of Spheres, Arktos: The Polar Myth, The Theosophical Enlightenment, and many other books on music and esoteric traditions.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Part I Ascending Parnassus
1 The Marvelous effects of Music
2 Hearing Secret Harmonies

Part II The Great Work
3 Music Alchemy
4 Music and the Currents of Time

Part III The Music of the Spheres
1 The Cosmological Framework
2 Planet-Scales, Type a
3 Modern Schemes: Titius-Bode and Goldschmidt
4 Planet-Scales, Type B
5 Planets, Tones, and the Days of the Week
6 Planet-Scales, Type C
7 Systems with Movable Tones: Eriugena, Anselmi
8 Kepler's Planetary Music
9 Intervals and the Astrological Aspects
10 Tone-Zodiacs
11 Angelic Orders and Muses: The Great Chain of Being
12 The Three Means
13 Gurdjieff's Law of Octaves
14 The Harmonics Series and its Symbolism
15 The Subharmonic Series
16 The Lambdoma and the Pyhagorean Table
17 Beyond Manifestation: 1/1 and 0/0

Notes

Bibliography of Works Cited

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