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  • Main Title Cosmophonia: Musical Expressions of Astronomy and Cosmology


  • Author: Difalco, Elaine Celleste
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Klein, Joseph
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Stout, David
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Back, Martin
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Nelson, Jon
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2018-08


  • English


  • Content Description: 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.


  • Keyword: Music of the Spheres
  • Keyword: Music Composition
  • Keyword: Archaeoastronomy
  • Keyword: Oliveros
  • Keyword: Astronomy
  • Keyword: Cosmology
  • Keyword: Helioseismology
  • Keyword: Music
  • Keyword: Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Keyword: Anthropology, Archaeology


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights Holder: Difalco, Elaine Celleste
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights Reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • Accession or Local Control No: submission_1275
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1259404


  • Degree Name: Master of Arts
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Academic Department: Division of Composition Studies
  • College: College of Music
  • Degree Discipline: Music
  • Degree Publication Type: thesi
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas


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