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"The most original and exciting text currently available on the ancient musical mysteries." (East West)

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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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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A mixed bag. 26 janvier 2011
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Jocelyn Godwin is very prolific - this is the first book I've read of his. Although I will read more, my first impression is about 3 stars worth.
His orientation seems to be Theosophical / Anthroposophical, heir to the traditions of Madame Blavatsky and Rudolf Steiner, which means that what we may wistfully call "hard facts" are freely interspersed with spiritual fantasy.

Of the three essayists included in this volume (Godwin contributes the intro, some notes, and apparently some tranlations) - Marius Schneider, Rudolf Haase, and Hans Erhard Lauer - I can take or leave two. Lauer is an Anthroposophist through and through, which means Theosophy (itself an eclectic 19th century blend of yoga and christianity) mixed with a dose of Darwinism and pushed through a sieve of Zoroastrianism. Schneider may have more to say elsewhere (his major work is in Spanish and is on my wish list but yet unread), but the essays included here are random musings on musical symbolism in the Vedas and elsewhere, and other authors have much more to say about the musical import of this symbolism (see "The Myth of Invariance" by Ernest McClain.)

The saving grace of this volume is in the essays by Rudolf Haase, which deal with Kepler's work, with harmonic theory in general (musical and astronomical) and - in part - how it relates to the spiritual fantasies which are regularly imposed on harmonic theory (and of course have been for several thousand years). Haase has the grace to directly address this issue up front, saying that "...with the help of ... teleological thinking, harmonics is in a position to produce a morphological proof of God." - and then he proceeds to offer various disclaimers and discussion points in order to put this position in perspective, a more discerning position than usual for music-of-the-spheres mystic types.

More gold is in the appendix, where Godwin reproduces in English translation some relevant passages from Kepler himself. Kepler is a central figure in the area of thought where musical harmony meets astronomy and calendar systems, as central as the mythical figure of Pythagoras and closer to modern thought. Reading these excerpts gives me the distinct feeling that I would do better to read Kepler - if he's available in English - than to read any anthroposophist's essays about him.

A small quibble: either Godwin or Haase - not sure which it was at the moment - places some emphasis on Kepler's supposed own emphasis on the "major and minor" scales. This would be an anachronism by about 100 years or so, and indicates some probable mis-reading of Kepler's Latin, I expect. (See "Between Modes and Keys: German Theory 1592-1802" by Joel Lester.) It must be hard enough, of course, to interpret the subtleties of authors writing in medieval Latin or Italian, and who can blame Godwin for trying (the translations are apparently his), but noticing one wrong note is to be alerted to the possibility of more.
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