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The Harmony of the Spheres: The Pythagorean Tradition in Music
Professor of Music at Colgate University and a widely respected musicologist, Godwin traces the history of the idea, held since ancient times, that the whole cosmos, with its circling planets and stars, is in some way a musical or harmonious entity. The author shows how this concept has continued to inspire philosophers, astronomers, and mystics from antiquity to the prese ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published November 1st 1992 by Inner Traditions
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This book gave a pretty thought-provoking look at pre-Enlightenment thinking, which seemed oddly content to search for meaning solely through correlations between seemingly unrelated things. The idea that the notes of the musical scale corresponded to the movements of the planets simply because there appeared to be similarities in the proportions between the notes of the scale that matched the proportions between the planets gripped the human imagination for centuries. Similarly, the best thinke ...more
Composer, musicologist and translator, known for his work on ancient music, paganism and music in the occult.More about Joscelyn Godwin...