Planetary Tone

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Stockhausen's Zodiac melodies

Synonym: Cosmic Tone

Spiritual astrology associates the seven classical planets with the seven standard notes of the musical scale:

Taken together the planets form the harmony of spheres which was of great significance for music in the Middle Ages - although their tones are inaudible on Earth.
In recent times, Joachim-Ernst Berendt has studied these cosmic tones.

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Notes and References

  1. The suite was written between 1914 and 1916. Each movement of it is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst. See also MusicWeb: The Planets.