Music and the Occult: French Musical Philosophies 1750-1950 (Eastman Studies in Music, No 3) by Joscelyn Godwin
English | Jan 1996 | ISBN: 1878822535 | 261 Pages | PDF | 10 MB
Occultism and esotericism flourished in 19th-century France as they did nowhere else. Many philosophers sought the key to the universe, and some claimed to have found it. In the unitive vision that resulted, music invariably played an important part. This account begins with the anti-Newtonian "colour harpsichord" of Pere Castel, and closes with the disciples of Rene Guenon and their fierce anti-modernity; in between are the major figures of Fabre d'Oliver, Charles Fourier, Wronski, Lacuria, Saint-Yves d'Alveydre and their disciples.