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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.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 1st 1987 by Inner Traditions
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Harry Pray IV
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Best explanation of the mystical powers of music (and even some theories and formulas behind it) EVER!
Oz Ortega
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Interesantísimo! Siempre he creído que la música,como todo el arte, tiene algo de divino(razón por la cual juega un papel fundamental en las religiones) y este libro se encarga de demostrarlo siguiendo la historia de la música hasta nuestros días (80's). Siendo que uno no es músico ni musicólogo creo que este es uno de los acercamientos más agradables que se pueden tener al hablar de música: no toca para nada tecnisismos sino que es muy accesible. Algo muy aplaudible es la diversidad de fuentes ...more
Cobertizo
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Son, sin embargo, los cetáceos pertenencientes a otro suborden los que se muestran como verdaderos instrumemtistas. Me refiero a las ballenas gigantes sin dientes que se alimentan filtrando el agua a través de sus barbas. Muchas personas han escuchado las grabaciones de una ballena gibosa que se han convertido en fuente de inspiración tanto para compositores (Georg Crumb, Paul Winter) como para defensores de la naturaleza. Se trata de melodías maravillosas, largas, sostenidas y de diapasón ampl ...more
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