Music of the Spheres Music, Science, and the Natural Order of the Universe

ISBN-10: 0387944745

ISBN-13: 9780387944746

Edition: 1995

Authors: Jamie James
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Description: The parallel histories of music and science - from celestial harmony to cosmic dissonance. For centuries, scientists and philosophers believed that the universe was a stately, ordered mechanism, mathematical and musical. The perceived distances between objects in the sky mirrored (and were mirrored by) the spaces between notes that formed chords and scales. The smooth operation of the cosmos created a divine harmony that composers sought to capture. With The Music of the Spheres, readers will 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. From Pythagoras to Newton, Bach to Beethoven, and on into the twentieth century of Einstein, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Cage, and Glass, this is a spellbinding examination of the interwoven fates of science and music throughout history.

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 6/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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List of Illustrations
Preface
The Great Theme
Pythagoras, the Master
Plato and the World Soul
"The Key to the Universe"
The Renaissance Musici
The Music of the Spheres and the Birth of the Opera
The Hermetic Tradition
Kepler Pythagorizes
Newton and The Magic Flute
The Romantic Anomaly
Schoenberg and the Revival of the Great Theme
Into the Future
Bibliography
Index
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