Music and the Cosmos

Albums

The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage has a vast collection of albums, including the four you see here. These four are perhaps the best examples in this spotlight of the artistic relationship between humankind's exploration of the cosmos and the creative and mathematical aspects of music. 

Man in Space: The Story of the Journey - A Documentary, Various Artists, copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1964 Folkways Records
Various Artists

Man in Space: The Story of the Journey - A Documentary

Outer Space: Music by Vaclav Nelhybel, Vaclav Nelhybel, 1974, Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1974 Folkways Records
Vaclav Nelhybel

Outer Space: Music by Vaclav Nelhybel

Science Fiction Sound Effects Record, produced by Mel Kaiser, 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1958 Folkways Records
Various Artists

Science Fiction Sound Effects Record

Voices of the Satellites, various artists, 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1958 Folkways Records
Various Artists

Voices of the Satellites

Digitized Sheet Music from the Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum library collection of Bella C. Landauer Aeronautical Sheet Music is now freely available online. As part of the Smithsonian's partnership with Gale, this collection was digitized and made available to the public on the Internet Archive. The digitized collection includes over 300 sheets of aeronautically-themed sheet music and covers. Visit our blog post about the collection to explore a selection of the digitized sheet music.

 

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Detail of cover, "Cloud-Kisser: Rag, Two-Step," Chas L. (Charles Leslie) Johnson, composer; 1876-1950. Inland-Walton Engraving Co., engraving; Bella C. Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music (Smithsonian Institution. Libraries).

 


This spotlight was created by Kate Duffus Stein on behalf of Smithsonian Music.