Hubble Images With Music By Herschel

Too busy for a full post today, so here’s a little stocking filler. The, perhaps familiar, pictures are taken by the Hubble Space Telescope but the music is by noted astronomer (geddit?) Sir William Herschel – the Second Movement of his Chamber Symphony In F Major, marked Adagio e Cantabile. Although best known as an astronomer Herschel was a capable musician and composer with a style very obviously influenced by his near contemporary Georg Frideric Handel. Although music of this era puts me on a High Harpsichord Alert, I thought I’d share this example of music for those of you unfamiliar with his work…

One Response to “Hubble Images With Music By Herschel”

  1. Many of Handel’s works were best sellers in sheet music form, especially the keyboard and chambers works which were generally performed at home by amateur musicians rather than in public settings. I think this is probably how Herschel picked up the influence. Herschel’s organ works are very nice, and the Handel influence on them is particularly strong.

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