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Copernicus Takes Leave of Us

by Thomas Truax

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Full Moon Surprise #17

This piece can be about anything you want. In fact, it doesn't need to be about anything. But it could be an instrumental musical meditation on the peaceful death at 70 of astronomer and admirable all-around Renaissance man Nicolaus Copernicus.
There is a crater on our moon named after him.

Copernicus was shy about his Heliocentric hypothesis that placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center the rotating celestial bodies we all find ourselves amongst. In the early 1500's, this was not a popular idea. He didn't shout it from the rooftops (despite the urging of his more enlightened pals) and might have been wiser than Galileo in this regard, who came along later and paid a high price for being louder about similar 'blasphemous' ideas. Copernicus quietly laid it out in his book De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres). Supposedly seeing the final pages to be published while in his deathbed (upon waking briefly from a stroke induced coma), he then sailed peacefully into the great beyond.


released April 30, 2018


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Thomas Truax London, UK

"Thomas Truax crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology, and a lifelong obsession with all things lunar. He travels the world performing with his "band" of bizarre self-made instruments including a motorized drum machine made with bike wheels and a souped-up Gramophone called 'The Hornicator', as well as his venerable guitar 'Hank'.
"Inventive and Romantic" -TimeOut
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