Moon Dreams

Fifty years ago, on July 20th, 1969, astronauts from the Apollo 11 mission captivated earthly onlookers as they landed on the moon. The event was famously televised, but did you know it was also captured for posterity on LP, narrated by Walter Cronkite?

CBS News. Man on the Moon. Narrated by Walter Cronkite. CBS Enterprises EL 161, [1969]. Audiovisual Archives, Marvin Duchow Music Library, McGill University

The moon, celestial bodies, and astronomical phenomena have long been topics of interest to musicians, composers, and theorists alike. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, we wanted to share some moon-related items from our collection!

  • Haydn, Joseph. Il mondo della luna: dramma giocoso. Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne conducted by Antal Dorati. Philips 6769003, 1978, 4 LPs. Marvin Duchow Music Library, McGill University
  1. Haydn_luna
  2. Clair_de_lune
  3. Moon_dreams
  4. Epic
  5. Introduction_moon
  6. Ives
  7. Rusalka
  8. Fellini

Music also played an important role in early space missions. During their long voyage to the moon, the Apollo astronauts took comfort in listening to their favourite tunes, compiled into mixtapes by Mickey Kapp. You can listen to the Apollo 11 playlist here. What music would be on your playlist if you could travel to the moon?

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