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The Galileo Project

The Canadian ensemble Tafelmusik celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first use of the telescope.

ursa major

Photo: Howard Edin

Pinwheel Galaxy in Ursa Major.

The concept of “Music of the Spheres” is an ancient one based on the heavenly ensemble of planets and stars  moving through space, making music.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, directed by Jeanne Lamon, contributed their project, called The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres to the United Nations International Year of Astronomy, which marked 2009 as the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first use of the telescope.

Tafelmusik Media released a DVD and CD of the Galileo Project, conceived and programmed by Alison Mackay, in 2012.  The project uses words, images and instrumental music of the 17th and 18th centuries to explore the world in which the astronomers of the time lived and worked.  Music from Galileo’s brother through that of Bach, with Vivaldi, Lully, Purcell, Rameau, Telemann and others paint a picture that celebrates the wonders of the cosmos.

The Galileo Project
Tafelmusik (Tafelmusik Media, 2012)
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The Galileo Project
Tafelmusik (Tafelmusik Media, 2012)
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Wendy Gillespie

Wendy Gillespie is Professor of Music, teaching early bowed strings and performance studies, at the Early Music Institute of the Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, IN and President of the VdGSA. As a viola da gamba player, she has made more than 80 CDs and performed on five continents.

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  • Kittybriton KB

    If I may, I would suggests that the ancient concept of the Music of the Spheres is much more than the simplistic “Dance of the Planets” that we mostly seem to think of today, and relates to the subject of sacred geometry, something that I suspect was a hot topic during the renaissance, and which the established church saw as a serious threat to their authority.

    To take the idea further, I am particularly intrigued by the idea, being explored by some theoretical physicists, that our reality is immaterial – that what we experience as matter can be identified at the lowest level as oscillating energy patterns.

  • Guest

    “…
    I am particularly intrigued by the idea, being explored by some theoretical physicists, that our reality is immaterial – that what we experience as matter can be identified at the lowest level as oscillating energy patterns.”

    Umm…”oscillating energy patterns” are not immaterial. Energy is a wholly materialistic phenomenon.

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