The Alchemy web site on Levity.com
Music from 'Atalanta fugiens' emblem 17Michael 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 a motto, an epigram 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 fourfold fire-ball controls this work.
You who imitate the work of Nature must look for four balls,
Graphic signs for
substances and processes
Images of alchemical apparatus, from Greek, Arabic and European sources.
imagery from books and
Paintings on alchemical themes
Enochian, Rosicrucian or Elemental Chess
Alchemical music [from Atalanta fugiens