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diFalco, Elaine. "Cosmophonia": Musical Expressions of Astronomy and
Cosmology. Master of Arts (Music), August 2018, 113 pp., 22 figures, 3 musical scores,
bibliography, 82 titles.
Astronomy and music are both fundamental to cultural identity in the form of
various musical styles and calendrical systems. However, since both are governed by
incontrovertible laws of physics and therefore precede cultural interpretation, they are
potentially useful for insight into the common ground of a shared humanity. This paper
discusses three compositions inspired by different aspects of astronomy: Solstitium e
Equinoctium, a site-specific composition for four voices and metal pipes involving an
inclusive communal musical ritual and sonic meditation; Helios, a short symphonic work
inspired by helioseismology; and Perspectives, a piece for soprano and percussion
based on a logarithmic map of the universe.
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Difalco, Elaine Celleste. Cosmophonia: Musical Expressions of Astronomy and Cosmology, thesis, August 2018; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1259404/m1/2/: accessed March 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .