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