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From Renaissance Magic to Baroque Nostalgia with Angela Voss (4 Sessions)

From Renaissance Magic to Baroque Nostalgia: Ficino, Dowland and Monteverdi

In this course we will investigate a rich and dynamic period of cultural history, exploring how the newly discovered esoteric philosophy of Hermeticism and Neoplatonism influenced 15th century practices of musical and astral magic.

We will travel from the astrological music of Marsilio Ficino to the melancholy muse of John Dowland in the Elizabethan Hermetic revival and arrive at the innovative work of Claudio Monteverdi as the last great madrigal composer and the inventor of opera. In the 17th century, the previous magical, participatory worldview was torn asunder as Enlightenment thinking began to separate the individual from the cosmos, the arts now no longer acting as reflections of a divine universe.


Dr Angela Voss was a professional musician for many years before becoming involved in the academic world. She has directed two MA programmes in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred in Canterbury, and has written extensively on Renaissance music, astrology, symbolism, esoteric traditions and transformative learning. She has always been a bridge-builder between the worlds of esoteric philosophy and practice, academic research and creativity. She can be contacted at


This is 4-session Zoom course run in association with the Centre for Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred.

Friday 18th September
Friday 25th September
Friday 2nd October
Friday 9th October

Enrolments: £40

In association with Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred

Image: The Hour Glass attrib. Giorgione 

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Friday 18 September 2020


11:00 am - 12:15 pm





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