CHID 496

The Planets: A look at the Solar System through Gustav Holst’s Music and Modern Astronomical Data

Winter 2010

Sav 155

M 2:30pm-4:30pm

University of Washington

Instructor: Ryan Evans                                            Phone: 425-445-6101

Office: CHID Lounge/ by Appointment                 Email: rmarslander@gmail.com

Office Hours: M 4:40pm-5:40pm

And by Appointment

 

Course Description:

This Focus group will explore the planets of our solar system through the lens of British composer Gustav Holst’s seven movement orchestral suite, The Planets Op.32. We will explore early astronomers and models of thinking about the planets as well as comparing them to current astronomy and the data collected from modern space probes and explorer robots. It will be done through a truly CHID method of combing disciplines including history of science, astronomy, music, and philosophy.

 

Course Reading Materials:

All the reading material for the course is obtained through the RAM copy center on the Ave in the course pack. Each student is expected to read the weekly reading assignment and come to class prepared with the course pack.

 

COURSE PACK

Evans, Ryan. The Planets: A look at the Solar System through Gustav Holst’s Music and Modern Astronomical Data. Seattle: Independent Unpublished, University of Washington, 2010.

Holst, Imogen. The Music of Gustav Holst Third and Revised Edition and Holst’s Music Reconsidered. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986.

(Holst 32-41)

Seeds, Michael A. The Solar System Fourth Edition. Belmont, California: Thomas Learning Brooks/Cole, 2005.

(Seeds Astronomers 52-73/Mars 484-499 Venus 472-483 Mercury 462-468/ Jupiter 503-521 / Saturn 522-532 / Uranus 536-548/ Neptune 549-553/)

Thurston, Hugh. Early Astronomy. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1994.

20-24/zoidiac 66-71/79-81/110-118/Ptolemy 138-140/155-177

Short, Michael. Gustav Holst: The Man and His Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.

(Short 1-19/ Short 1-19, 113-134)

Syllabus

Week Topic Reading Assignment Due

1 Introduction to Holst and early Astronomers Syllabus
2 Historical Astronomy: The Astrological Lens Short 1-19, 113-134

Seeds 52-73

Thurston 20-24/66-71/79-81/138 140

3 Mars: Bringer of War Seeds Mars 484-499
4 Venus: Bringer of Peace Seeds Venus 472-483
5 Mercury: The Winged Messenger Seeds Mercury 462-468

Thurston 155-177

6 Jupiter: Bringer of Jolly Seeds Jupiter 503-521
7 Saturn: Bringer of Old Age Seeds Saturn 522-532
8 Uranus: The Magician Seeds Uranus 536-548
9 Neptune: The Mystic Seeds Neptune 549-553
10 The Big Picture Holst 32-41

Evans (all)

Reading Assignment:

All reading is to be completed before the assigned week discussed for example the reading on Mercury is to be read and completed before the week assigned for Mercury.

Response Papers:

Each student is required to write 7 one page response papers for weeks 3-9. Each paper is to be double spaced and cover reflections and response to the readings on that week’s planet. The Papers’ focus can range from a blend of concentration on music, history, astronomy, or science. The purpose of the short papers is to provide a gauge in student reaction to the material and also to ensure attendance and participation. Each paper is worth 10% of the grade and all together they are worth 70% of the grade.

Important Notes:

1) CHID classes are known to be an open area of flow and discussion with a wide range of interpretation, opinions and beliefs. It is important that all students’ ideas and comments are to be treated with respect and that the focus group remains an open environment for people to share their own diverse thoughts and opinions.

2) The work you submit to the instructor must be your own original work. Copying will not be tolerated, nor will plagiarism. The instructor will maintain respectful and professional relations with you based on the implicit understanding that you will conduct yourself in a truthful, professional, and mature fashion. Anything less simply will be intolerable and result in disciplinary action. Any, who engage in academic dishonesty will receive an “F” for the assignment and face further disciplinary action consistent with the CHID department polices.

3) Since the primary assessment of a CHID focus group is through attendance and active class participation, it is crucial to attend class. You must be prepared to   contribute to discussion, as well as turn in on time each of the seven \response paper associated with that week.

Attendance = 20%

Participation= 10%

Response Papers (7) = 70%

Grading:

90%-100% = A

80% – 89% = B

70% – 79% = C

60%-69% = D

59% and lower = F

Bibliography

 

Beebe, Reta. Jupiter the Giant Planet. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997.

 

Daily, Robert. Mercury. New York: Franklin Watts, 1994.

 

Drake, Stillman. Galileo: Pioneer Scientist. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 1990.

 

Elkins-Tanton, Linda T. The Solar System Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and the Outer Solar System. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 2006.

 

Elkins-Tanton, Linda T. The Solar System Jupiter and Saturn. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 2006.

 

Elkins-Tanton, Linda T. The Solar System Mars. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 2006.

 

Holst, Gustav. The Planets Suite for Large Orchestra Op. 32.  3rd Ed. edited by Imogen

 

Holst and Colin Matthews. London: Curwen Edition, Curwen & Sons, 1979. (Originally published Goodwin & Tabb, 1921.)

 

Holst, Imogen. The Music of Gustav Holst Third and Revised Edition and Holst’s Music Reconsidered. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986.

 

Landau, Elaine. Saturn. New York: Franklin Watts, 1999.

 

Miller, Ron. Uranus and Neptune Worlds Beyond. Brookfield, Connecticut: Twenty-First Century Books, 2003.

 

Reston, James JR. Galileo a Life. Washington D.C.: Beard Books, 1994.

 

Seeds, Michael A. The Solar System Fourth Edition. Belmont, California: Thomas Learning Brooks/Cole, 2005.

 

Short, Michael. Gustav Holst: The Man and His Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.

 

Squyers, Steve. Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet. New York: Hyperion, 2005.

 

Standage, Tom. The Neptune File: A Story of Astronomical Rivalry and the Pioneers of Planet Hunting. New York: Walker, 2000.

 

Sobel, Dava. The Planets. New York: Viking, 2005.

 

Thurston, Hugh. Early Astronomy. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1994.

 

Taub, Liba Chaia. Ptolmy’s Universe: The natural Philosophical and Ethical Foundations of Ptolemy’s Astronomy. Chicago, Illinois: Open Court, 1993.

 

Voelkel. James R. Johannes Kepler and the New Astronomy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

 

Vogt, Gregory L. Landscapes of Mars: A Visual Tour. Springer