Atalanta Fugiens 1- 18

by Michael Maier; Rim c-Orch; M.Y.; D.K.

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Michael Maier's alchemical emblem book Atalanta fugiens was first published in Latin in 1617. It was a most amazing book as it incorporated 50 emblems with epigrams and a discourse, but extended the concept of an emblem book by incorporating 50 pieces of music the 'fugues' or canons. In this sense it was an early example of multimedia, a videogame.

An English tanslation exists in the British Library MS. Sloane 3645. Clay Holden was kind enough to allow his transcription of emblems 1 to 10, and Hereward Tilton has transcribed 11 to 34, and Peter Branwin has completed the work by transcribing 35 to 50. Peter Branwin is currently working on a new translation of the discourses from the original Latin. [There is another English translation in Mellon MS. 48 at Yale in the USA.] (www.levity.com/alchemy/atalanta.html)

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released January 27, 2014

midi files of ALL 50 fugues: www.classicalmidi.co.uk/maier.htm

Adam McLean arrangements, text, colored scenes (sampled for cover): www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a6X-JUL2LE

"howling coyote" www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbHeTPwWBbk

etc (filling in...)

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