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Author Schneider, Marius, 1903-1982.

Title Cosmic music : musical keys to the interpretation of reality : essays / by Marius Schneider, Rudolf Haase, Hans Erhard Lauer ; edited with an introduction by Joscelyn Godwin ; translated by Marlon Radkai and Joscelyn Godwin.

Published Rochester, Vt. : Inner Traditions ; [New York] : Distributed to the book trade in the United States by Harper and Row Publishers, [1989]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  780.1 SCHN    AVAILABLE
Physical description 255 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary 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 modem 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, ." penetrate the mysteries of music is to prepare for initiation into those fathomless mysteries of man and cosmos."
Other author Haase, Rudolf.
Lauer, Hans Erhard.
Godwin, Joscelyn.
Subject Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
Harmony of the spheres.
ISBN 0892813369
089281070X (paperback)