Venerdì, 21 Ottobre 2016 20:34

Music and astronomy

Since Prehistory man has felt close relationship between Music and Astronomy, between sounds and stars.Prehistoric horn with 28 marks on it shows the object was considered a symbol of moon, and animal horns were music instruments too. Same shape have harps from Ancient Egypt. Conkshells were also used as musical instruments: in their shape the origins of universe from a whirlpool in the primitive Ocean.

And so on until Pythagoras and Plato. They found all instruments already done and perfectly working, and they studied the idea of Harmony, its numerical structure. So they found analogies between the seven notes and the seven planets, they thought that musical harmony, perfectly calculated and firmly established on permanent ratios, could explain the perfect balance and regularity of cosmic mechanism. Filolao and Architas calculated the first music scales and Plato mede the first attempt to define the imagine of what will be said: Music of the spheres, in his outstanding work: Timaeus. In this book, as in other parts of his large production (see Fedone and Repubblica) he describes both human Soul and Univers structure as a sequence of singing etheric bowls one inside the other.

This idea had a very long life, and arrived through the MiddleAges to Renaissance and ended with Johannes Kepler, its last outstanding supporter.



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