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Paul Ferguson
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 Posted: Wed Feb 4th, 2009 08:22 am
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Apparently Michael Arne, son of Thomas ('God Save the King/Queen'), was both a prolific composer (including nine operas) and a keen alchemist:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Arne

See Grove, DNB, James Granville Southworth's 'Vauxhall Gardens' etc.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 7th, 2009 08:55 am
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It's interesting, but did alchemy substantively influence the nature or character of his music? Or vice versa? I suppose that's the hard question!

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 Posted: Sat Feb 7th, 2009 01:34 pm
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Leigh Penman wrote:
It's interesting, but did alchemy substantively influence the nature or character of his music? Or vice versa? I suppose that's the hard question!


Michael Maier's music sounds quite weirdly beautiful to my ears, and I would love to know why it sounds so otherworldly. Even Robert Fludd's music, mediocre by comparison, has an ethereal quality.

I think Arne was motivated more by intellectual curiosity and (perhaps even more so) by financial desperation than by esoteric interests, but he does seem to have been a member of the William Beckford circle. See:

http://www.erudit.org/revue/RON/2007/v/n46/016129ar.html


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