BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ESOTERIC SIDE OF MUSIC
This bibliography that deals with the hidden side of music is
and can only be partial in nature since the author is not fluent
enough in French and doesn't know German or other languages
necessary to be able to survey books from other countries dealing
with the topic. The phrase "buyer beware" applies to books in this
Books dealt with here cover the following: music therapy and
the hidden effects of music,the "occult" side of aspects of music
theory,inspired commentary about the history of music,information
about discographies of music that is elevating in its effect and
applications of music outside of therapy.
Since some of these books cover several topics mentioned above
the author decided it best to dispense breaking the listing into
A couple of quick observations here might be of some value to
the readers of this bibliography.(Please take them with the
appropriate skepticism until you have verified or disproved them
in the light of your meditation and life experience)
I.The quality of the response to music is proportional to the
following factors:the capacity to concentrate focusing on the
melody and treatment of tones and aspects of them (overtones etc),
lack of distractions in enviroment,high quality sound reproduction
equipment (CDs,graphic equalizer etc)
II.Music's main use esoterically is to facilitate purification
of centers and the personality vechiles as well as to aid in the
alignment of the personality to the soul.
III.Melody is the most important part of music and has the most
profound effects on the WHOLE ORGANISM.
IV.Electronic music is "dead" lifeless in terms of the positive
effects it produces.
V.The use of scales combined with overtones vocally under
alignment can and does have a powerful impact on the centers and
different bodies when "chanting" Om and mantrams.
VI.The effects of music can be synergistically enhanced when
combined with movement,ritual and color.
VII.Rythmn has its effects physically and etherically.
VIII. There is a parallel with homapathy if music is used
"therapically";for instance,music that deals with depression in
its lyrics melody etc (not all music of that type for example) can
and does purify that state from the sufferer who is listening to
IX. Stringed instruments,percussion instruments,woodwinds, have
different types of effects on different energy fields of an
individual listening to them.
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BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE ESOTERIC SIDE OF MUSIC
1.JOSCELYN GODWIN: "Harmonies of Heaven and Earth",folks if you buy
one book on the topic this is the one it is the most comprehensive
indepth treatment of the esoteric side of music this author has
ever read.This book covers several topics mentioned above.
2.JOSCELYN GODWIN: "Music,Mysticism & Magic:a Sourcebook" an edited
collection of essays,articles,excerpts from books on the topic
spanning a millennium and several esoteric traditions.
3.HANS KEYSER: "Akroasis" deals with esoteric side of music theory.
4.D.P.WALKER: "Spiritual and Demonic Magic from Ficinio to
5.RUDOLF STEINER: "Eurhythmy as Visible Music"
6.RUDOLF STEINER: "Music and the Art of Tone"
7.LIONEL STEBBING: "Music: It's Occult Basis and Healing Value" a
series of essays and some lectures from Rudolf Steiner dealing with
8.LIONEL STEBBING:"Music Therapy" a series of essays that deal with
9.SHIRLEY WINSTON:"Music as the Bridge" a collation of readings and
parts of readings from Edger Cayce.
10.PETER HAMEL: "THROUGH MUSIC TO THE SELF" covers several topics
music history,theory and exercises to apply music as an aid to
alignment in meditation.
11.MANLEY PALMER HALL: "The Therapeutic Value of Music" a
commentary on the topic based on usuage of music in Ancient
Egyptian and Greek cultures.
12.GEOFFRY HODSON: "Music Forms:Superphysical Effects of Music
13.HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN: "Music"
14.HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN: "The Mysticism of Sound" both books deal
with the topic from a Sufi perspective.
15.ERNEST G. McCLAIN: "The Pythagorean Plato" an excellent
examination of Plato's works from the standpoint of music theory
and intervals and the relationships between them.This treatment is
based upon the fact that the Greek alphabet has a one to one
correspondence with numbers.(that and the fact some of the
vocabulary deals with altered states of consciousness are 2
outstanding characteristics of Sacred Languages)
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16.ERNEST G. McCLAIN: "The Myth of Invariance: The Origin of the
Gods,Mathematics,and Music From the Rig Veda to Plato"
17.RANDELL McCLELLAN: "The Healing Forces of Music,History Theory
and Practice" This book is the single best book this author has
ever read on Music Therapy.
18.HARRY PARTCH: "Genesis of a New Music" The most innovative
approach to music this author has ever read,a seminal book.It deals
with an approach involving different tonalities (quarter tones,
third tones etc) in composing music.The author was very alienated
and eccentric to say the least.
19.RUDOLPH BALLENTINE M.D.: "The Science of Breath" an excellent
treatment of the topic.
20.HELEN BONNEY: "Music and Your Mind:Listening with a New
Consciousness" a music therapy perspective.
21.JOHN BLOFELD: "Mantrams:Sacred Words Of Power" one of the best
treatments of the topic this author has ever read.
22.JOHN DIAMOND M.D.: "Life Energy in Music:Notes on Music and
23.HANS JENNY: "Cymatics" a scientific approach through physics
that EMPIRICALLY VERIFIES the effects of sound on different types
24.MAX HEINDEL: "The Musical Scale and Scheme of Evolution" a good
attempt to deal with higher correspondences of the scale and other
aspects of music theory (basic).
25.DANE RUDYHAR: "The Magic of Tone and Art of Music"
26.HAL A. LINGERMAN: "The Healing Energies of Music" contains an
excellent discography as well as quotes from different sources on
the healing effects of music etc (the discography is very
27.CYRIL SCOTT: "Music: Its Secret Influence throughout the Ages"
the author overstates his case but at least some of the
observations are accurate in lieu of this author's inner experience
and outter studies.
28.ROLAND HUNT: "Fragrant and Radiant Healing Symphony" a very
interesting unique attempt (to the best of this author's knowledge)
to correlate the musical scales to fragrances.
29.CORINNE HELINE: "COLOR AND MUSIC IN THE NEW AGE" an interesting
attempt to correlate color with music.
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BIBLIOGRAPHY ON THE ESOTERIC SIDE OF MUSIC
30.CORRINE HELINE: "Beethovan's Nine Symphonies and Nine Spiritual
Mysteries" a fascinating correlation partially accurate.
31.ARTHUR ABELL: "TALKS WITH GREAT COMPOSERS" This book deals with
many Western Classical composers describing the spiritual nature
and source of their "inspiration".
32.WINFRED MELLIORS: "Bach and the Dance of God" the material deals
with a mystical approach to Bach combined with a study of his style
from the standpoint of music theory.
33.WINFRED MELLIORS: "Beethovan and the Voice of God" the material
also has a mystical approach to Beethovan combined with a study of
his style from the standpoint of music theory.
34.WINFRED MELLIORS: "Caliban Reborn" a basic esoteric perspective
on the evolution of popular and folk music for several centuries
culminating with the mid 60's.
35.JOSCELYN GODWIN editor: "Cosmic Music" a series of essays by
several musicalogists on the spiritual dimensions of music.
36. R.J. STEWART " The Spiritual Dimension of Music insight into
the hermetic and kabbalistic perspectives on the scale,tones and
the nature of music.This commpliments "Harmonies of Heaven and
Earth" plus it has some PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS ABOUT USE OF MUSIC.
37. LAMA GOVINDA " Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism" gives a survey
and discussion on Eastern Music Theory.
38. KAY GARDNER " Sounding the Inner Landscape" this book is well
researched and contains some insight even though that is marred by
a "lesbian perspective".