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Edited by Laurence Wuidar

This collection of essays analyzes the relationships that exist between esotericism and music from Antiquity to the 20th century, investigating ways in which magic, astrology, alchemy, divination, and cabbala interact with music. The volume seeks to dissolve artificial barriers between the history of art, music, science, and intellectual history by establishing an interdisciplinary dialogue about music as viewed against a specific cultural background. The synthesis of scientific and historical contexts with respect to music, explored here on a large scale for the first time, opens up a wealth of new approaches to music historical research, music performance, and musical composition. Each chapter presents either a unique example of music functioning within esoteric and scientific traditions or a demonstration of the influence of those traditions upon selected musical works.

L’ouvrage analyse les relations entre l’ésotérisme et la musique de l’Antiquité au 20ème siècle étudiant comment la magie, l’astrologie, l’alchimie, la divination et la cabale ont interagit avec la musique. Il vise à dépasser les frontières entre l’histoire de l’art, l’histoire de la musique et l’histoire des sciences et des idées afin de nouer un dialogue interdisciplinaire sur la musique autour de contextes historiques et scientifiques précis. L’ouvrage offre une première synthèse sur les rapports entre ésotérisme et musique ainsi que diverses pistes de recherche à poursuivre.


Yvonne Petry

This study examines one of the most unusual figures of the sixteenth century, Guillaume Postel, who believed that a female messiah had arrived on earth who would usher in a new age of political and religious harmony. He grounded this prophecy in the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition, and relied extensively on its use of gender symbolism. Postel has often been viewed as a marginal figure, whose unconventional views preclude comparison with his contemporaries. However, this study suggests that Postel used his prophecy to participate in two arenas: Reformation controversy and the querelle des femmes or debate about women. His thought has relevance not only for an understanding of Renaissance Kabbalah, but for Reformation history and for early modern gender studies.

Florian Jeserich

online - Deidre Michell: Christian Science. Women, Healing, and the Church , Lanham: University Press of America 2009, 229 S. Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910), die Gründerin der Religionsgemeinschaft Christian Science, wird von einer Vielzahl amerikanischer Forscherinnen (zum Beispiel Ann Braude

Gideon Bohak

relieve a headache (Psalm 2), to heal shoulder- and head-aches (Psalm 3), to succeed in all things and to pray for mercy (Psalm 4), to drive away an evil spirit and to find grace in the eye of a governor (Psalm 5), and many more such aims. It also has more aggressive recipes, to overcome one’s enemies

Yuval Harari

them out systematically in a long and detailed manuscript where he integrated practical knowledge and operating instructions in the area of magic, chemistry, alchemy, and healing. 61 As he noted in some of the manuscript’s headings, he collected some of the recipes from manuscripts and heard some

Agata Paluch

Institute 1994, 361–394 (Hebrew). Fine, Lawrence, Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos: Isaac Luria and His Kabbalistic Fellowship , Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press 2003. Garb, Jonathan, “Mysticism and Magic: Resistance, Uncertainty, Integration”, Mahanayim 14 (2003): 97–109 (Hebrew

Devils in the Ink

William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Geometry as a Method for Accessing Intermediary Beings

Tommy P. Cowan

tranquillity emerge insights that help us to tap into and develop our innate healing powers.” 112 Comparing Gysin, Michaux, and Jung in this context, we can clearly see a pattern among European esotericists of transforming the meaning of ‘Oriental’ geometries. It is perhaps not easy to say why many Europeans

F.L. Blumberg

bitter medicines (“pharmacis … amaris”) or touch on a sore spot with moderation in order to heal their patients. 79 This is for Erasmus a rare and crucial admission of the need to be sharp or cause some pain in the course of literary critique, though he is careful to mention that even this prodding must

Barbara Baert

und Raum’ – setze S i n c e e a r l y - C h r i s t i a n t i m e a n i c o n o g r a p h y h a s d e v e l o p e d a r o u n d t h e Haemorrhoïssa which is related to the conventions of Christ’s miracles of healing. In the transition from word into image, an intense energy is released w i t h r e g a