Music Treasure:Kircher Musurgia Universalis

There is an exquisite find for those who enjoy Western classical music that I discovered through Dr. Robert Svoboda’s website . Dr. Svoboda, a global eclectic from Texas, is renowned for ayurveda and jyotish vidya (Indian astrology). He is a well-known author in his field and lectures around the world. It had been a while since I had visited his website and was then reminded of it by an Australian reader of this blog and website. That reminder is deeply appreciated.

On his website which is worth a visit, Dr. Svoboda posts a link for music lovers that is being shared here. This link is to the Glasgow University Library, Special Collections Department, Book of the Month for November 2002. Here is the description from the website with this exquisitely illustrated book you can view there:

“The quater-centenary of the birth of the Jesuit polymath, Father Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680), seemed an appropriate moment to examine one of the most famous volumes of his works in Special Collections – the Musurgia Universalis published in two volumes in Rome in 1650. Our copy is outstanding for its finely hand coloured illustrations.

The book is one of the seminal works of musicology and was hugely influential in the development of Western music – in particular on J.S.Bach (1685-1750) and Beethoven (1770-1827). “

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