[Smt-talk] Metamorphosis

Michael Morse mwmorse at bell.net
Thu May 16 07:31:52 PDT 2013

Dear Folks,
  I've been at least tangentially intrigued by the influence of Goethe on musicians and music theory for quite a while. Anton Webern's letter to his friends Josef Humplik and Hildegard Jone about the conception of his  Variations for Orchestra explicitly ties that work to Goethe's Urpflanze notion. And I recently read a critical but very respectful study by Helmholtz of the contemporary status, ca. 1860, of Goethe's scientific ideas. It made me wonder; has anyone tried to synthesize the scattered but clearly considerable influence of Goethe's scientific ideas on music theory and practice? Are there studies you can recommend about particular musicians or theorists? Finally, has anyone here ever been involved with this set of issues?
Michael MorseTrent University Peterborough, Oshawa
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