Join Bill Barclay, Music Director at the Globe on Tuesday 12 February as he explains his relationship with the Music of the Spheres. We caught up with Bill to find out what we could expect from the lecture.
What is the Music of the Spheres?
The music of the spheres is an ancient idea, first professed in writing by Plato, that the motion of the planets makes heavenly music which is only audible to humans in moments of ecstasy. This music reflects the order of the cosmos and of divine creation – eternal, perfect, and immensely beautiful.
Who are you?
I’m the Director of Music at the Globe, as well as a composer, actor, and teacher.
Why are you giving this lecture?
About 8 years ago I was asked to do a lecture on the Music of the Spheres for the Bankside Humanities Lecture Series at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. When first asked to present the material, I knew absolutely nothing about the subject matter. Now, after giving this presentation some 15 times, the material has taken over my life and is one of my greatest passions.
What can we expect to learn?
The Music of the Spheres does exist, explained by modern science with many shocking parallels to the intuition of the ancient world. The program that I present is my story of discovery through this astonishingly applicable and interesting (and modern) subject.
From Plato to Einstein, Kepler to Cleopatra, strings to string theory, this lecture is a journey that I hope will stay with you for a long time, as it has with me.
I will be aided by actors and musicians who will give context to my ideas with the words of some of the most major thinkers in human history.
You can read more about Bill and his journey though music to the Globe here.
Here is a version of Bill’s talk performed at Boston Center for the Art, 2010.
(c) Produced by Orfeo Group and performed at the Boston Center for the Arts, 2010.
Here’s a little taster of some of the topics covered in the lecture.
Entrainment-regular vibrations find a way into a stable relationship. 2clocks set at different speeds eventually fall in sync #Globespheres
— Shakespeare’s Globe (@The_Globe) February 12, 2013
— Matilda James (@Matilda_James) February 12, 2013
Music is the sound of order: relationships, love etc #Globespheres
— Shakespeare's Globe (@The_Globe) February 12, 2013