Cosmic Music: Musical Keys to the Interpretation of Reality

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Dec 1, 1989 - Music - 255 pages
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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."
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
7
MARIUS SCHNEIDER
31
The Nature of the Praise Song
35
Acoustic Symbolism in Foreign Cultures
53
RUDOLF HAASE
87
Harmonics and Sacred Tradition
91
Keplers World Harmony and its Significance for Today
111
The Sequel to Keplers World Harmony
131
HANS ERHARD LAUER
145
A MEDITATION ON CULTURAL HISTORY FOR MOZARTS 200TH BIRTHDAY
150
The Evolution of Music Through Changes in ToneSystems
168
APPENDIX AND INDEX
227
JOHANNES KEPLER
229
Harmonices Mundi 1619 Book V
237
INDEX
247
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18 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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