Thursday, September 3, 2009

Temple of Music

“The column on the far left shows the Divine Monochord - a device Fludd incorporated in many of his drawings. On the porch is a scene of Pythagoras discovering the harmonic proportions in the blacksmith’s shop. Above this are Crantor’s cosmogonic lamda in explication of the Timaeus (although the engraver got the numbers wrong) and a checkerboard scheme that functions as an aid to musical composition showing which notes harmonize with one another. A clock illustrates the relative time value of the notes, and the columns and rows of bricks teach the scales. Finally a Muse stands in an alcove pointing to a model composition based upon the principles described by the temple.”

The Music of the Spheres, Music, Science and the Natural Order of the Universe by Jamie James, Copernicus, New York, 1993

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