Harmonies of Heaven and Earth

Mysticism in Music from Antiquity to the Avant-Garde
By (author) Joscelyn Godwin

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Harmonies of Heaven and Earth
Mysticism in Music from Antiquity to the Avant-Garde
By (author) Joscelyn Godwin

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Pages : 208

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892815005

Imprint : Inner Traditions

On Sale Date : November 01, 1987

Format : Paperback Book

All those who have ever reflected on music's inner reality have felt its universal and mystical aspects. Joscelyn Godwin turns to the metaphysical accounts of the higher worlds that are the birthplace of Harmony, following the path of musical inspiration on its descent to Earth, and illuminating the archetypal currents that lie beneath Western musical history.
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About Harmonies of Heaven and Earth

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.
Table of Contents

Table of content


Preface and Acknowledgments

Part I    Ascending Parnassus
1   The Marvelous effects of Music
2   Hearing Secret Harmonies

Part II  The Great Work
  Music Alchemy
4   Music and the Currents of Time

Part III  The Music of the Spheres
1   The Cosmological Framework
2   Planet-Scales, Type a
3   Modern Schemes: Titius-Bode and Goldschmidt
4   Planet-Scales, Type B
5   Planets, Tones, and the Days of the Week
6   Planet-Scales, Type C
  Systems with Movable Tones: Eriugena, Anselmi
8   Kepler's Planetary Music
9   Intervals and the Astrological Aspects
10  Tone-Zodiacs
11  Angelic Orders and Muses: The Great Chain of Being
12  The Three Means
13  Gurdjieff's Law of Octaves
14  The Harmonics Series and its Symbolism
15  The Subharmonic Series
16  The Lambdoma and the Pyhagorean Table
17  Beyond Manifestation: 1/1 and 0/0

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Author Bio
Joscelyn Godwin, Professor of Music at Colgate University, is the author of The Harmony of Spheres, Arktos: The Polar Myth, The Theosophical Enlightenment, and many other books on music and esoteric traditions.
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Book Praise

"Through a rich, eclectic mix of mythological, philosophical, literary, and scientific references, the deeper meanings of sound and music are revealed."
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MUSIC / PHILOSOPHY

What lies beneath the surface of music and what gives it its transcendent power? For many people, music is the primary catalyst for experiences of expanded consciousness. Musicians and lovers of music--all those who have ever reflected on its inner reality--feel that a true philosophy of music cannot deal with physics and psychology alone. It must include the universal and mystical aspect of which Plato, Kepler, Rameau, and Novalis wrote, and of which Wagner said: “I feel that I am one with this vibrating Force, that it is omniscient, and that I can draw upon it to an extent that is limited only by my own capacity.” The spiritual power of music surfaces in folklore, myth, and mystical experience, embracing heaven and earth, heard as well as unheard harmonies.

Joscelyn Godwin explores music’s perceived effects on matter, living things, and human behavior. He then turns to metaphysical accounts of the higher worlds that are the birthplace of Harmony, following the path of musical inspiration on its descent to Earth, and illuminating the archetypal currents that lie beneath Western musical history. A final section gives the fullest account ever published of theories of celestial harmony, from Pythagoras to Rudolf Steiner and Marius Schneider.

JOSCELYN GODWIN, Professor of Music at Colgate University, is the author of The Harmony of the Spheres, Arktos: The Polar Myth, The Theosophical Enlightenment, and many other books on music and esoteric traditions.

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