Interdisciplinary Approaches to Astronomy: The Music of the Spheres (PDF)

PDF versionPDF version
EIT Image of the Sun

ERN Item Type: 

  • Curriculum Materials


Andrew Fraknoi, Foothill College


In this illustrated introduction we discuss a variety of musical piece (both classical and popular) that were inspired by astronomical ideas, history, or discoveries. The pieces cited range from operas about Einstein, Kepler, Galileo, and others, through the on-line Supernova Sonata and to a number of rock songs about black holes. We also discuss pieces where astronomical data have been transformed into music in several intriguing ways.

Publication Year: 


Grade Level: