Cosmic Music

Musical Keys to the Interpretation of Reality

Edited by Joscelyn Godwin
Cosmic Music
Musical Keys to the Interpretation of Reality

Edited by Joscelyn Godwin

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Pages : 256

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892810703

Imprint : Inner Traditions

On Sale Date : December 01, 1989

Format : Paperback Book

While every music lover senses the power and truth that reside in music, very few actually approach music as a path to cosmic knowledge. But the idea that the universe is created out of sound is an ancient one. This book brings together three contemporary German thinkers who exemplify this tradition: Marius Schneider, Rudolf Haase, and Hans Erhard Lauer.
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About Cosmic Music

The idea that the universe is created out of sound or music (and therefore is music) is a very ancient one. In this book, Joscelyn Godwin brings together three contemporary German thinkers who exemplify this tradition in its modern variants: Marius Schneider, Rudolf Haase, and Hans Erhard Lauer. The selections draw on ancient Indian sources and mythology; Kepler's Platonic vision of a musical, geometric universe; and the evolution of the tone systems of music.

While every music lover senses the power and truth that reside in music, very few actually approach music as a path to cosmic knowledge. Godwin takes literally Beethoven's assertion that "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom or philosophy." Godwin writes, ". . .to penetrate the mysteries of music is to prepare for initiation into those fathomless mysteries of man and cosmos."
Table of Contents

Table of content


Introduction by Joscelyn Godwin

Marius Schneider:

The Nature of the Praise Song

Acoustic Symbolism in Foreign Cultures

Rudolf Haase:

Harmonics and Sacred Tradition

Kepler's World Harmony and its Significance for Today

The Sequel to Kepler's Harmony

Hans Erhard Lauer:

Mozart and Beethoven in the Development of Western Culture

A Meditation on Cultural History for Mozart's 200th Birthday

The Evolution of Music Through Changes in Tone-Systems

Appendix and Index:
 
Johannes Kepler:

Mysterium Cosmographicum

Harmonies Mundi (1619), Book V

Index 

Author Bio
Professor of music at Colgate University, Joscelyn Godwin is also the author of Harmonies of Heaven and Earth. Although complete in itself, Cosmic Music is his contribution to a larger movement that seeks to deepen and broaden our consciousness of what music is, and what it can be.
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"The most original and exciting text currently available on the ancient musical mysteries."
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MUSIC / PHILOSOPHY

The idea that the universe is created out of sound or music (and therefore is music) is a very ancient one. In this book, Joscelyn Godwin brings together three contemporary German thinkers who exemplify this tradition in its modern variants: Marius Schneider, Rudolf Haase, and Hans Erhard Lauer. The selections draw on ancient Indian sources and mythology; Kepler's Platonic vision of a musical, geometric universe; and the evolution of the tone systems of music.

While every music lover senses the power and truth that reside in music, very few actually approach music as a path to cosmic knowledge. Godwin takes literally Beethoven's assertion that “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom or philosophy.” He writes:

“. . .to penetrate the mysteries of music is to prepare for initiation into those fathomless mysteries of man and cosmos. One's discoveries will be pregnant with implications for every department of life. . .”

Professor of music at Colgate University, JOSCELYN GODWIN is also the author of Harmonies of Heaven and Earth. Although complete in itself, Cosmic Music is his contribution to a larger movement that seeks to deepen and broaden our consciousness of what music is, and what it can be.

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