Fugiens may well be one of the first multimedia productions
ever created. The work was created in 1617, by Renaissance alchemist
complete title is Atalanta fugiens, hoc est, emblemata nova
de secretis naturae chymica. The publication is a complex
early example of multimedia art made up of 50 sections.
Each section contains an engraved emblem and has a verse and
an epigram associated with the emblem, and a short prose discourse
which elaborates an alchemical interpretation of the symbolism
in the emblem. Each of the 50 sections also includes a short
musical canon composed by Maier.
Maier also composed 2 pieces called Rosicrucian canons.
We have created a complete MP3 collection of all 50 canons from Atalanta Fugiens, the 2 Rosicrucian canons, and the opening "Golden Apple Theme" from Atalanta Fugiens. You can listen to samples and download the collection below on this page. You can also download the notation for the complete collection.
Maier was an alchemist, physician, and a hermetic philosopher
and was affiiliated with the Rosicrucians. He was a contemporary
and an associate of many famous hermetic philosophers and alchemists
such as Robert Fludd. Michael Maier during his life was an accomplished
writer, diplomat, physician, poet, and classical scholar. He
was born at Rendsburg, educated at the University of Rostock,
and later received his doctorate of medicine at Basel. He lived
for many years in Prague as physician and confidant of the Emperor
Rudolf II, an important patron of the arts, who had an special
interest in hermetic philosophy and goals.
early Rosicrucian movement was deeply involved with alchemy.
While it has often been dismissed by modern scientists as nothing
but an somewhat primitive precursor to chemistry which dealt
with the naive idea of transmuting base metals into gold, alchemy
in its most profound sense was, in fact, a highly sophisticated
system which dealt with a quest for spiritual transformation
and awareness through the application of the universal processes
of nature on all conceivable levels-- physical, psychological
and spiritual: a process that was known as (and still is known
today by those who pursue it) the "Great Work".
was the author of numerous alchemical and Rosicrucian works,
many illustrated with symbolic engravings of great beauty. These
include Arcana Arcanissima (1614), Lusus Serius (1616), De Circulo
Physico Quadrato (1616), Atalanta Fugiens (1617), Examen Fucorum
Pseudo-Chymicum (1617), Jocus Severus (1617), Silentium Post
Clamores (1617), Symbola Aurea Mensae Duodecim Nationum (1617),
Themis Aurea (1618), Tripus Aureus (1618), Viatorum (1618),
Tractatus de Volucri Arborea (1619), Verum Inventum (1619),
Septimana Philosophica (1620), Civitas Corporis Humani (1621),
Cantilenae Intellectuales de Phoenice Redivivo (1622), Ulysses
(posth., 1624) and Subtilis Allegoria super Secreta Chymiae
We have prepared a PDF file for download that contains transcriptions into standard music notation of all 50 canons, the Golden Apple Theme, and both the basic and extended Roscirucian Canons.
Downloading Atalanta Fugiens Music Notation
The Atalanta Fugiens music notation is available for download, in the form of a PDF file $4.00.
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The Atalanta Fugiens
This is a Windows screensaver with the emblems of the entire original Atalanta Fugiens manuscript. The price is $2.00, and you can purchase the screensaver using the following link.
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