Music of the Spheres: Following the Thread from Antiquity to Modern Times


Course Description

Formerly Invitation to Music: The Elements of Appreciation I

This course will focus on the concept of celestial harmony, from Pythagoras to Kepler. The notion of a music of the spheres resonated throughout the ancient world. The Ancient Greeks were the first to record the idea, and it was cherished for centuries during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Great scientific minds studied the exquisite ratios and harmonies of the stars and planets, and many composers drew musical inspiration from these lofty ideas. From Johannes Ockeghem to Johann Sebastian Bach, we can trace an unbroken tradition of esoteric mystical compositions, divinely inspired by and yearning towards the heavens. After the Renaissance, the idea of celestial harmony fell dormant, but the latest advances in astrophysics have given a surprising new twist to this eternal tale...

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There are no books to purchase for this course.

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

First Session: Monday 18 January 2021

Course Length: 12 weeks (consecutive), Mondays, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Instructor: François Ouimet

Degree Credit: No

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)
$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)
$135.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

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