Music inspired by or pertinent to Johannes Kepler and/or the NASA Kepler Mission:
Song: Kepler, by John A. Marmie.
Play the song Kepler (mp3; 3 Mb).
Lyrics to KEPLER:
Like another science fiction novel
curiosity has left me in suspense
Could there ever be another planet like Earth
Could there ever be another you...I doubt it
I keep searchin' for clues that you exist.
One more time around and I think I might have found you baby.
And I gaze
deep inside a our galaxy
to a world I've been imagining
a glimpse of paradise.
Could you be...smiling right back at me
thru this looking glass in time…
A good planet is hard to find.
Like the swirls in the sky of a Van Gogh Masterpiece
I stare in space and swear he traced distant galaxies
Did he close his eyes when he brushed the canvas
Did he think of you and smile when he made the planets
picture perfect cosmic harmony
A starry night reveals your face, I think he might found you baby.
Through Kepler’s eyes I see the light and all the world around me...all the worlds around me
Mesmerized, hypnotized, I call your name and I call your name and feel your warmth surround me
© 2011 John Marmie
Performed by: John Marmie/Jeffrey S. Petro
The AstroCappella song "Shoulders of Giants"
written and arranged by Padi Boyd, performed by The Chromatics, and produced by the Johannes Kepler Project specifically for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA--2009) is freely available for use in IYA projects and events, provided that the appropriate credits be given to the composer (Padi Boyd), the performers (The Chromatics/AstroCappella), and the Johannes Kepler Project. (use of the song as part of a commercial project will require a copyright release from the Project.)
Listen also to the AstroCappella song Dance of the Planets - about extrasolar planets, by The Chromatics
The Kepler Mission (band)
A band is named The Kepler Mission
The Harmony of the World by the Willie Ruff/Mitchell Ruff Duo
Kepler's Blues, by Patrick Campbell (high school teacher)
Kepler is an opera by Philip Glass set to a libretto in German and Latin by Martina Winkel. It premiered on 20 September 2009 at the Landestheater in the Austrian city of Linz with Dennis Russell Davies conducting the Bruckner Orchestra. Its libretto is based on the life and work of Johannes Kepler, the 16th and 17th century mathematician, astronomer and astrologer. The work was commissioned by the Linz Landestheater and Linz09 (a programme celebrating the city's designation as a European Capital of Culture). This is the third opera by Glass to be inspired by a physicist, after Einstein on the Beach (1976) and Galileo Galilei (2002).
Update 2012 Oct 15: "World of Opera" this week is bringing to its subscribing NPR stations around the country the American staged premiere of Philip Glass's opera Kepler which took place this past summer at the Spoletto Festival in Charleston, S.C. The cast consists of Kepler, a baritone, six of his scholars (2 sopranos, mezzo, tenor, baritone, and bass) and the other students (chorus) which in this case is the Westminster Choir. Anyone can listen to it online at the "World of Opera" website until November 10th at http://www.worldofopera.org/operas/operas/item/2453-music-of-the-spheres-philip-glasss-kepler?pg=listen