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Re: Gould aboard Voyager 2

>    I would like to know from which book (one or two) from the well
>    tempered clavierthe Cmajor prelude and fugue by Gould on the Golden
>    record aboard Voyager 2 are taken ?
>Book I.
>BTW, I've tried moderately hard (looked in newspaper indexes, searched
>the JPL web site) to find out if Gould had any particular reaction to
>the Voyagers, or heck, even if he knew about it.  Couldn't find a word
>from him about it.  Has anyone heard anything about that?
>I couldn't find the list of items included at the JPL web site (or
>anything else), but I did run across it somewhere.  Music from around
>the world, various centuries, much spoken words, etc.  Pretty
>interesting list.

I found the list (follows) at
http://vraptor.jpl.nasa.gov/voyager/music.html . Note that The WTC C Maj
P&F is listed as from Book II, though I've seen it elsewhere given as Book
I (Friedrich bio?). Which is it?? I have wondered if aliens would
appreciate GG's (IMHO) rather quirky Book I prelude.(any aliens on f_minor
list?) This site also refers to a book, "Murmurs of Earth" by Sagan, Drake,
Lomberg et.al., which they call the "definitive work" on the Voyager disk.
Info on GG within?


        Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F. First Movement, Munich Bach
Orchestra, Karl Richter, conductor. 4:40
        Java, court gamelan, "Kinds of Flowers," recorded by Robert Brown.
        Senegal, percussion, recorded by Charles Duvelle. 2:08
        Zaire, Pygmy girls' initiation song, recorded by Colin Turnbull. 0:56
        Australia, Aborigine songs, "Morning Star" and "Devil Bird,"
recorded by Sandra LeBrun Holmes. 1:26
        Mexico, "El Cascabel," performed by Lorenzo Barcelata and the
Mariachi México. 3:14
        "Johnny B. Goode," written and performed by Chuck Berry. 2:38
        New Guinea, men's house song, recorded by Robert MacLennan. 1:20
        Japan, shakuhachi, "Cranes in Their Nest," performed by Coro
Yamaguchi. 4:51
        Bach, "Gavotte en rondeaux" from the Partita No. 3 in E major for
Violin, performed by Arthur Grumiaux. 2:55
        Mozart, The Magic Flute, Queen of the Night aria, no. 14. Edda
Moser, soprano. Bavarian State Opera, Munich,
        Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor. 2:55
        Georgian S.S.R., chorus, "Tchakrulo," collected by Radio Moscow. 2:18
        Peru, panpipes and drum, collected by Casa de la Cultura, Lima. 0:52
        "Melancholy Blues," performed by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven.
        Azerbaijan S.S.R., bagpipes, recorded by Radio Moscow. 2:30
        Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance, Columbia Symphony
Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky, conductor. 4:35
        Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue in C,
No.1. Glenn Gould, piano. 4:48
        Beethoven, Fifth Symphony, First Movement, the Philharmonia
Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, conductor. 7:20
        Bulgaria, "Izlel je Delyo Hagdutin," sung by Valya Balkanska. 4:59
        Navajo Indians, Night Chant, recorded by Willard Rhodes. 0:57
        Holborne, Paueans, Galliards, Almains and Other Short Aeirs, "The
Fairie Round," performed by David Munrow
        and the Early Music Consort of London. 1:17
        Solomon Islands, panpipes, collected by the Solomon Islands
Broadcasting Service. 1:12
        Peru, wedding song, recorded by John Cohen. 0:38
        China, ch'in, "Flowing Streams," performed by Kuan P'ing-hu. 7:37
        India, raga, "Jaat Kahan Ho," sung by Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar. 3:30
        "Dark Was the Night," written and performed by Blind Willie
Johnson. 3:15
        Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat, Opus 130, Cavatina,
performed by Budapest String Quartet. 6:37