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The Occult Arts of Music: An Esoteric Survey from Pythagoras to Pop Culture

The Occult Arts of Music: An Esoteric Survey from Pythagoras to Pop Culture (Paperback)

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Occult traditions have inspired considerable musical ingenuity over the centuries, as well as some undeniable masterpieces. From the Pythagorean concept of a music of the spheres to the occult subculture of 20th-century pop and rock, music has often attempted to express mystical states of mind, cosmic harmony, the demonic and the divine--nowhere more so, perhaps, than in the music for occult and science fiction films such as The Mephisto Waltz, The Devil Rides Out, Star Trek, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Omen and The Exorcist.This wide-ranging survey explores how such film music works and uncovers its origins in Pythagorean and Platonic ideas about the divine order of the universe and its essentially numerical/musical nature. Chapters trace the influence of esoteric Freemasonry on Mozart and Beethoven, the birth of ""demonic"" music in the 19th century with composers such as Weber, Berlioz and Liszt, Wagner's racial mysticism, Schoenberg's numerical superstition, the impact of synesthesia on art music and film, the effect of theosophical ideas on composers such as Scriabin and Holst, supernatural opera and ballet, fairy music and, finally, popular music in the 1960s and '70s.

Music & DanceDanceTheory of music & musicologyMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresIndividual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc Publication Date: 19/09/2013 ISBN-13: 9780786473243  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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David Huckvale is a writer, critic and researcher. He has worked extensively for BBC Radio and currently teaches a course on film music at Birmingham University in England.

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