The Musical Order of the World: Kepler, Hesse, Hindemith

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Pendragon Press, 2005 - Всего страниц: 256
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In the disastrous years before and during the Second World War, when confidence in a harmonious future was as difficult as it was crucial for spiritual survival, two German artists in exile wrote what would become their late masterpieces. The composer Paul Hindemith conceived an opera on the famous astronomer Johannes Kepler's mature life and theories, The Harmony of the World; the poet and novelist Hermann Hesse wrote a complex literary collage, i>The Glass Bead Game. Both works address the topic of universal harmony in the fabric of creation and culture, as well as the urgent problem of how such harmony can heal the spiritual, mental, and emotional developments of individuals and of society at large. The two quests are mirrored into circumstances that are almost equidistant from the mid-20th-century period in which their stories are being told. Hindemith's opera centers on an outstanding intellectual in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, while Hesse's work focuses on this intellectual's counterpart projected into a fictional world of the early 23rd century. In both cases, the quest for harmony and truthful proportion manifests at all levels of the stories told and of the works telling them. Siglind Bruhn's thought-provoking interdisciplinary study is organized along the lines of the seven areas in which scholars of the Pythagorean tradition from Plato to Kepler and beyond found universal harmony paradigmatically realized music, arithmetic, geometry and astronomy (the quadrivium of the medieval liberal arts) complemented by metaphysics, psychology, and art.
 

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Acknowledgments
7
Music and the Quest for the Harmony of the World
13
In Search of Consonance in the Worlds Cultures
23
Operatic Portrayal of Keplers Dream of Harmony
31
The Paradigm of Embodied Consonance
39
Archetypal Harmonies in Hindemiths Symphony and Opera
45
Musics Moral Power in Ancient China and Hesses Castalia
55
The Eternal Realm of Numerical Relations
65
The Musical Nature of the WorldSoul
141
Keplers Religious Conviction in Life and Opera
147
The Ching in the Life of Joseph Knecht
157
Cosmic Events and Their Impact on Earth
169
Astrology in Hindemiths Opera
175
Knechts Five Lives
183
Imitating Natures Proportions
195
Keplers Poetry and the Meaning of Death
203

Tetraktys Pentagram and the Disharmonious SEVEN
72
a Dialectic Compositio
80
Ideal Figures and Bodie
89
Keplers Somnium and Hindemiths Rondos
95
Hesses Castalian Chinese House Game
105
The Divine Signature in Cosmic Harmony
117
Cosmic Nesting and Orbiting in Die Harmonie der Welt
123
The Limits of the Logocentric World View
129
Knechts Awakening and Death
213
Antidotes to Impermanence
219
Appendices
225
Bibliography
241
List of Musical Examples Figures and Illustrations
250
About the Author
256
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