The Music of the Spheres: Music, Science, and the Natural Order of the Universe / Edition 1

The Music of the Spheres: Music, Science, and the Natural Order of the Universe / Edition 1

by Jamie James
     
 

For centuries, scientists and philosophers believed that the universe was a stately, ordered mechanism, both mathematical and musical. The perceived distances between objects in the sky mirrored (and were mirrored by) the spaces between notes forming chords and scales. The smooth operation of the cosmos created a divine harmony that composers sought to capture and

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For centuries, scientists and philosophers believed that the universe was a stately, ordered mechanism, both mathematical and musical. The perceived distances between objects in the sky mirrored (and were mirrored by) the spaces between notes forming chords and scales. The smooth operation of the cosmos created a divine harmony that composers sought to capture and express. Jamie James allows readers to see how this scientific philosophy emerged, how it was shattered by changing views of the universe and the rise of Romanticism, and to what extent it survives today - if at all. From Pythagoras to Newton, Bach to Beethoven, and on to the twentieth century of Einstein, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Cage and Glass. A spellbinding examination of the interwoven fates of science and music throughout history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387944746
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
06/22/1995
Edition description:
1st ed. 1993. 2nd printing 1995
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
622,411
Product dimensions:
0.60(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1The Great Theme3
2Pythagoras, the Master20
3Plato and the World Soul41
4"The Key to the Universe"60
5The Renaissance Musici79
6The Music of the Spheres and the Birth of the opera98
7The Hermetic Tradition114
8Kepler Pythagorizes140
9Newton and The Magic Flute159
10The Romantic Anomaly180
11Schoenberg and the Revival of the Great Theme212
12Into the Future229
Bibliography243
Index249

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