Book, Music, and Lyrics by Scott Miller
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Purchase the vocal selections here.
Astro Turf is a twenty-minute one-act musical written as a special project for a history of astronomy class at Harvard University in 1986. Five major astronomers, Aristotle, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, and Johannes Kepler, come together and present in song their views on the nature of motion and the creation of the heavens.
A Voice Not Unlike God
Aristotle (Greek, 384-322 BC)
Claudius Ptolemy (Greek, c. 125 AD)
Nicolaus Copernicus (Polish, 1473 - 1543)
Tycho Brahe (Danish, 1546 - 1601)
Johannes Kepler (German, 1571 - 1630)
(i.e., my professors' comments)
“This is really quite super! There is obviously a lot of research and thought here, and a lot of very subtle points! Bravo! A+” – Owen Gingrich, professor emeritus of astronomy and the history of science, Harvard University
“A magnificent survey of the history of astronomy, so detailed, so insightful. They’re all excellent, but the Kepler piece is simply brilliant!” – D.W. Latham, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics