Music Universalis

Album: Music Of The Spheres (2008)

Songfacts®:

  • On this track, you can hear the sound of Oldfield's trusted tubular bells. However the English musician insisted that the chimes are present on this piece only because they are a regular part of any symphony orchestra. Oldfield explained to the Daily Mail March 14, 2008: "I don't really think of this as a classical album. I'm not a musicologist, so I don't know what officially constitutes a classical album. But those opening notes of 'Tubular Bells' have been ripped off by so many people that I figured I might as well rip them off myself."
  • "Music Universalis" is Latin for "Music of the Sphere," which was is an ancient philosophical theory credited to the ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras. This concept regards proportions in the movements of the Sun, Moon and planets as a form of music. According to Aristotle, Pythagoras said "There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacings of the spheres."
  • Music Of The Spheres is a classical piece, with its instrumental ideas transposed for an orchestra by modern classical composer Karl Jenkins.

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