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Celestial Soundtrack

Premiering October 9, 2023

SalonEra shoots for the stars in this episode, guest-curated by violinist Shelby Yamin. With insights from astronomer Dr. Juan Lora, lutenist Charles Weaver, and cellist Léonie Adams of the Dionysus Ensemble, we explore the musical world of Galileo Galilei and his father, composer Vincenzo Galilei and the fascinating life and music of 18th-century astronomer and composer William Herschel.

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About the Episode

SalonEra shoots for the stars in this episode, guest-curated by violinist Shelby Yamin. With insights from astronomer Dr. Juan Lora, lutenist Charles Weaver, and cellist Léonie Adams of the Dionysus Ensemble, we explore the musical world of Galileo Galilei and his father, composer Vincenzo Galilei and the fascinating life and music of 18th-century astronomer and composer William Herschel.

Episode Credits

Debra Nagy, host & executive producer
Shelby Yamin, associate producer
Hannah De Priest, special projects manager

Episode Guests

Shelby Yamin

Guest curator, violin

Léonie Adams

Cellist

Juan Lora

Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Yale University

Charlie Weaver

Lutenist

Resources

Discover more about the Dionysus Ensemble

Watch a lecture about Pythagoras and the Music of the Spheres, a public program from the Menil Collection

Learn more about NASA’s Golden Record

Listen to music by William Herschel, recorded by the Dionysus Ensemble

Read about 18th century astronomer and musician, William Herschel 

Sponsors

SEASON UNDERWRITERS
Deborah Malamud
Tom & Marilyn McLaughlin
Greg Nosan & Brandon Ruud
Joseph Sopko & Betsy Macintyre

EPISODE SPONSORS
Anonymous
Michael & Wendy Yamin

ARTIST SPONSOR 
Robert Morris & Patricia Hanley for Shelby Yamin

Music

William Herschel (1738-1822)
Solo Violin Sonata with Violoncello No. 1 in G major
II. Allegro

Sonata for Harpsichord, Violin & Violoncello No. 2 in C Major
I. Allegro assai 

Selections from Caprices for Solo Violin

Michelangelo Galilei (1575 – 1631)
Toccata

Corrente

J.S. Bach  (1685-1750)
Gavotte en Rondeau from Partita No. 3 for Solo Violin in E major, BWV 1006