- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Arkana (November 1, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140190406
- ISBN-13: 978-0140190403
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,065,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Music, Mysticism and Magic: A Sourcebook Paperback – November 1, 1988
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This rare hardcover edition published in '86 by Routledge & Kegan Paul didn't receive wide distribution in the U.S., so it was hard to locate a copy even when it was in print. Now OOP, it's almost impossible to find. Good luck!
My Highest Recommendation!!
Yes indeed: all great music - be it a symphony or a mazurka - reverberates in the eternal Yes.
There is a handy, non-doctrinaire book which surveys how writers, philosophers and musicians over time have sought to fathom the numinosity of music. Contributors include Plato and Plotinus (ever so rightly); Cicero; Boethius; Johannes Kepler; Chateaubriand; ETA Hoffmann; Balzac; Rudolf Steiner; George Sand; Schopenhauer; Robert Schumann; Richard Wagner and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Re the latter: I never thought that the composer of the Helicopter Quartet would write the following but there you go:
"We are mostly pretty physical sacks, are we not - all of us? (We) spend most of our time feeding ourselves, taking care of clothing and shelter, copulating and sleeping; primarily satisfying physical desires, then. Now and then one reminds oneself: `We are spirits and spirits should be connected with the superhuman, with the cosmos, with God . . . That is what is the most important thing now: that each person should gradually become conscious enough to choose specific music and be able to say `I choose that within myself which comes to vibration through this music.'"
The British composer Cyril Scott was a Theosophist.Read more ›
Thanks to the merchandiser for accurately describing the condition of this paperback....it's actually in better shape than I thought it would be!