Poems

Title banner: Musica Universalis. Music of the Spheres. Fairy-Eagle Nebula.

There is geometry in the humming of the strings;
there is music in the spacing of the spheres.
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Pythagoras believed the world had been called forth out of Chaos by sound.

He knew the stars to be arranged in relation to each other and to the sun in the progression of a musical scale, to be attached to crystal spheres revolving about the earth. These spheres – in eternal motion – produce harmonies just beyond the reach of our physical hearing, harmonies that nevertheless affect the design of our lives.

The Universe sings.

The music is in the diapason, the most perfect resonant interval between the earth and the seven classical planets – Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune – and the luminaries – the Sun and the Moon. The planets are daughters of the Sun, each of them endowed with a piece of the solar soul, with a distinct character or song and influence on our destinies, their names identified by the ancient sages with those of the great gods who represent the divine faculties in action in the universe.

V, C - Listening, Solar System Superimposed

Such harmony is in immortal souls.2

Vincent and Catherine ...

They did have stars.3
And the music ... oh, yes. They could hear it.

Our Winterfest poetry selections follow the footsteps of their cosmic dance through moments of disquiet and tranquility, from aloneness to love and light
where the celestial anthem is sweetly audible.

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Inspirations

Gustav Holst described The Planets Op. 32, first performed in 1918, as a series of mood pictures based on the characters of the Roman gods after which the planets were named, interpretive of the progression of life. The poems are presented in the order of the seven movements of his orchestral suite and illustrate, with some poetic license, his titles and themes. The Planets Suite can be heard on YouTube.

Influenced by Holst, Mike Oldfield's Music of the Spheres is an interpretation of the ancient theory of Musica Universalis. Said Oldfield, "Every planet and every star, even the whole universe has music within it that no-one can hear.
This is what it would sound like if it were set free."

And lovely it is, a performance surely enjoyed beneath the bandshell, just under the front row ...

 

References

1. Attributed to Pythagoras ~ Thomas Stanley. The History of Philosophy. (c. 1660.)

2. William Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice. 1598.

3. Dylan Thomas. And Death Shall Have No Dominion. 1933.

Gustav Holst ~ www.gustavholst.info

Mike Oldfield ~ www.mikeoldfieldofficial.com

The nebula and planet photographs were taken, not stolen, from NASA's public-domain galleries -
www.nasa.gov
and hubblesite.org

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Banner - NASA photo: the Eagle Nebula
NASA photo 2: a Dusty Disk, star IRS46