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Galileo the Musical

by Various Artists

GALILEO The Musical features 18 great rock & pop songs that take you through Galileo's life as a scientist and astronomer, his inventions, and his battle with Italian authorities to convince them the Earth went round the Sun and not the other way round!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In the Night
Steve Butler
3:45 $0.99
2. Forbidden
Kyle Supreme & Christos Supreme
2:44 $0.99
3. We Only Want to Know
Rebecca Supreme & Kyle Supreme
1:48 $0.99
4. Doin' the Maths
Steve Butler & Kyle Supreme
2:49 $0.99
5. The Man with His Head in the Stars
2:24 $0.99
6. Science Impossible
Kyle Supreme & Christos Supreme
2:27 $0.99
7. Push Back the Frontiers
Steve Butler
2:59 $0.99
8. Heaven Needs Me
Steve Butler
3:15 $0.99
9. Never Give Up
Steve Butler & Shuba
3:38 $0.99
10. Pictures in My Head
Steve Butler
2:43 $0.99
11. The Magic Tube
Steve Butler & Ben Room
4:27 $0.99
12. New Age
Ben Room & Ian Son
2:12 $0.99
13. Verdict Compromise
Peter Baker
2:12 $0.99
14. 1633: The Trial
Steve Butler & Peter Baker
4:13 $0.99
15. You Had It All
2:09 $0.99
16. A Life in Flames
Steve Butler
1:33 $0.99
17. Cosimo's Surprise
Kyle Supreme & Steve Butler
5:04 $0.99
18. Galileo Theme
Kyle Supreme
2:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
GALILEO - The Musical has been recorded in the UK and US, and features Steve Butler performing the part of Galileo, who regularly tours as a vocalist with Barclay James Harvest featuring Les Holroyd. The music style is the “pop” side of rock, so if you love rock singles and rock ballads, this is right up your street, with the odd musical nod to the classic sounds and musical styles of Jim Steinman, Deep Purple, Blondie and Led Zeppelin.

So, why a rock musical about the 17th century scientist, inventor and astronomer, Galileo Galilei? Because this guy really did "rock" in many ways! He was a real celebrity of his time as well as rocking the establishment with his “heretical” views of the universe. GALILEO The Musical features 18 great rock / pop songs that illustrate his life, his inventions and his battle with the Italian authorities to convince them the Earth went round the Sun and not the other way round!

Note that the physical CD version of GALILEO - The Musical also has bonus narration tracks - in the inimitable style of the original "Hitchhiker's Guide" before each song that takes you on the amazing journey of this man's life. You'll learn loads, and enjoy some great music.

To understand the relevance of each song in the story, here is the narration script for each track:

1 - IN THE NIGHT – Galileo
It was on a dark evening in 1583 when the young Galileo Galilei sat in a chapel watching the fellow going round lighting all the hanging wick lights that were on long cords. The lamplighter pulled the lamps close to him with a rod, then after lighting, they’d swing back into position. Now, Galileo was a very observant and curious young man. He noted that no matter how big the swing of the lights, the time it took to swing from one side to another was the same, even as the lamp slowed down. And he thought … why the heck was that happening? But Galileo’s laws of pendulums were nothing to the revolution he was to discover, looking up at the night sky….

2 – FORBIDDEN – Senior Cardinals
But what WAS the “truth”? Galileo’s talents were discovered early and in his 20’s was Head of Mathematics at the University of Pisa. But he was in a terrible quandary. You see, the Church had interpreted the Bible as placing our planet at the centre of the whole universe with the moon, planets and stars stuck on these invisible, so called “revolving crystal spheres". But Galileo's observations had concluded that this - was utter tripe.

Now he couldn’t just bring out a book, and call it “Hey, Church, You Got it All Wrong” – that would mean a sure-fire visit from the deadly inquisition who would no doubt invite him out for a hot stake. Cleverly, he tried to write an “independent” book called “Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems”.
Where he compared the two models of the solar system. But the Pope and his senior cardinals in Rome, were not impressed.

3 - WE ONLY WANT TO KNOW – University students
Galileo didn’t mix with the other staff at the university - and was a bit of a maverick. One day, instead of giving a lecture about equations or some stuff, he marched his students out to the Leaning Tower of Pisa to conduct a grand experiment. Students at the top released two lead weights, one huge, one tiny at exactly the same time. Both weights fell at the same rate and landed together, yet scientific knowledge was teaching that heavier things fall faster! But did his university colleagues carry him shoulder high in celebration of this great discovery? Oh, no. They didn’t even see the experiment - they were probably still scoffing cake in their staff room. And when it came to his students, THEY also were very sceptical of the radical science Galileo was sneaking onto their syllabus!

4 - DOIN’ THE MATHS - Galileo and Cosimo
Out of all his students, Cosimo II de' Medici, who came from a pretty posh family actually, was very smart at mathematics himself and admired Galileo’s maverick stance at the University. Cosimo’s father, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, had written to Galileo to ask to give extra tuition to his son, but of course, Galileo never got the letter as the pigeon holes were in the staff room he rarely went to. But Cosimo had more in his mind that just getting tuition, he wanted to actively help Galileo get recognition for his discoveries. So, after a particularly gruelling lecture at the university, Cosimo stayed behind to talk to the great man himself…

Galileo Galilei never married, but he had a relationship with his housekeeper, Marina Gamba, who he met on a lecture tour of Venice. In fact, he had 3 children with Marina, and although she was a smart cookie herself, being in unenlightened times, she didn’t have the opportunity as a woman to study or to progress. But she was content to spend much of her days trying to keep Galileo’s haphazard study tidy, cluttered with endless star charts and mathematical equations. Quite often, her man seemed more interested in his charts than with her, something that saddened her immensely.

6 - IMPOSSIBLE SCIENCE – University Chancellor and Head of Science
Meanwhile, back at the university, Galileo is causing great concern, not just from his fellow science lecturers but the Chancellor boss himself, about what the man was actually teaching their students at the University.
Never mind “fake news”, we’re talking “fake science” here and the Church in Rome had already written to the Chancellor concerned about Galileo’s latest book which seemed to run a steamroller through the beliefs the Roman Catholic Church had about the makeup of the Universe. Things were turning pretty ugly, fast.

Galileo is back in his study at home, rummaging enthusiastically for some maths equations he wants to share with his new assistant, Cosimo. You see, there’s often an unexplainable rush of adrenaline whenever you make a great discovery, whether it’s cracking a complex mathematical problem, locating the parabolic track of a new planet, or just finding a few quid down the back of the sofa. Galileo is on a roll. No matter that the rest of the University think he’s crackers, but when things are out there to be discovered, there’s no time for tea and conversation.

8 - HEAVEN NEEDS ME – Galileo
Well, the exuberance of Galileo and his newly found assistant was in deep contrast to the solemn meetings about his discoveries down in Rome. It was just a matter of weeks, before Galileo received a summons to explain himself before the Grand Inquisitor himself, Vincenzo Maculani.

Now, you have to know that Galileo was not anti-church or religion in any way, he was a Christian believer, but his inner soul was being torn apart. He begins to question his own beliefs. Is it really God’s plan that he should continue to work on a project that God’s own Church strongly disagreed on?

9 - NEVER GIVE UP – Marina
Well, Galileo is pretty depressed and is warming himself up at the back of the house, by a fire, and is about to throw some of his own research books into the flames, knowing that will probably be the case anyway once the Church get their way.

However, Marina offers her encouragement to Galileo that if he really believes what he knows as the truth, he should have no fear.

It has been said that you can get through any ordeal if you prepare well enough, and Galileo and Cosimo get together all the charts and equations and try to re-work everything to see if the Church’s view of the Earth being at the centre of all, could actually be correct, so they could tip up at the trial and say, “Hey guys, sorry, you were right after all, let’s go out for a pizza” .

But no matter how many times they re-calculate, it works out their conclusions are correct and the Earth travels around the Sun, against the interpretation of the Holy Bible.

Galileo is grateful for the gifts that God has given him, but why is he destined to get these pictures in his head of the “correct” way the universe is put together?

Today, we’re so lucky to enjoy amazing technologies, but also in Galileo’s time, people were making discoveries and inventions.
In Holland, the lens maker Hans Lippershey was having his lunch and for a laugh put on two pairs of his own spectacles. Looking out the window he could see, the washing on his neighbours’ line – magnified! Although this rather shocked him a little, he realised that he had discovered the “telescope”. He started making tubes with lenses at each end, and sold them as novelties, so everybody could spy on their neighbour’s undies. Now, Cosimo’s dad was in Holland on business and sent one of these “Magic Tube” novelties home to his son. And this gave Galileo’s young assistant an idea…..

12 - NEW AGE
Now, although Galileo has charmed Italy with his maverick stance and his amazing Magic Tube, which as we know he didn’t actually invent, the proverbial chickens have unfortunately come home to roost.
His views on the universe in the new book have landed him in serious trouble in Rome. Summoned there by Vincenzo Maculani, the feared inquisitor and military henchman to the Pope, Galileo feared the worst; he packed his bags and said his farewells to Marina and his family. As the great and the good from the Holy Office await the arrival of Galileo for his trial, his University chancellor meets with the senior cardinals to try to get his precious University “off the hook” so to speak.

In 1616, the Inquisition declared heliocentrism – where the Earth and planets move around the sun, to be formally heretical. Heliocentric books were banned, and Galileo was ordered to refrain from holding, teaching or defending heliocentric ideas.
Now, that was 17 years ago, yet Galileo had ignored the ruling. Even though the Pope, Urban the 8th, had generally supported science and mathematics and specifically Galileo’s earlier books, the new book had taken a step too far as it even satirised the Pope’s views himself.
So what view should he take tomorrow at the trial? Heretics were burnt at the stake, often on a whim, and here was a man who had openly ridiculed the Church and him personally.
But Galileo was, for his time, a celebrity, and what’s more, now rather frail and ill. To torture or burn an old man of his standing – would he want to be associated with that?

14 - 1633 – GALILEO’S TRIAL
After a restless night in one of the church’s guest houses in Rome he was allowed to use along with Marina and his assistant Cosimo, Galileo is led into the trial chamber to meet face to face with the Grand Inquisitor himself, Vincenzo Maculani.

So, that was why Galileo was offered a luxury guest house in Rome days before his trial. It wasn’t because of his high standing at all; it was so the inquisitor’s henchmen could break into his study and bring all his charts and observation books to Rome for a public burning. Marina watches the spectacle horrified from the public gallery.

Galileo, convicted of heresy, is sent to the cells and threatened with torture there; but after a nod from the Pope, he is left alone until the formalities regarding his house arrest are completed. During the trial, he was pressured to recant his views about the Earth not being stationary and the centre of God’s universe. Exhausted, he did so, just to stop the intense questioning.
That night, alone in his cell, he writes on the wall the phrase he muttered under his breath after he recanted his views during the trial. “E pur si muove” – referring to the Planet Earth, “…and yet, it moves”.

He has been fortunate, Galileo is allowed to live back at his estate in Arcetri in reasonable comfort, albeit under formal house arrest. Entering his ransacked study though, fills him with great sadness. His life’s work has been destroyed. Maybe some of his books had made it out of the country, but his scientific workbooks had all the calculations and proof. But suddenly, his assistant Cosimo calls round with some surprising news.

In his 78 years of life on this planet, Galileo Galilei discovered so much about physics, astronomy and mathematics through his determination, attention to detail and incredible curiosity. He also invented devices such as a military compass, a thermometer and flood prevention machinery. After his death, 8 years after his house arrest, more and more scientists acknowledged that the Earth and planets did indeed travel around the sun. The Church gradually and begrudgingly left out the “Earth-centric” aspect of their teachings, and oh, yes, they did officially pardon Galileo, but it wasn’t until 350 years after his death…in 1992…..

Galileo The Musical is the story of a man with greatness reluctantly thrust upon him. It’s also the story of desperate unfairness – here was a scientist who could mathematically and observation-ally prove his theories, among others, that the Earth went around the sun, yet the all-powerful Church punished him and others for holding these "heretical" beliefs.

Musically, it features mainly rock themes and instrumentation. Galileo will appeal to rock fans with solid riffs, searing guitar lines and on some tracks, a pretty heavy touch in the mixing studio. There are also style nods to classic and progressive rock bands ranging including Led Zeppelin, Genesis and Deep Purple. However, the musical won’t scare away mainstream pop fans as many of the songs are commercial and melodic soft rock compositions.

​The writer is Peter Baker, who was the rock DJ on Manchester's Piccadilly Radio for many years, after which he became a TV broadcaster, producer and voiceover artist. Peter has always been a lifelong fan of Galileo and astronomy in general. "I was the first in school to get an "O" level in Astronomy, just learning it on my own, and I built my own reflecting telescope as a kid too!" says Peter. "The Galileo story is amazing, and at last this is a musical for science and maths geeks, but will appeal to a wide audience and age range!" The songs and the story narration tracks are available both on CD and downloads.

GALILEO THE MUSICAL is a true historical story made more engaging by quirky humour and great songs.
The existing “Hitchhiker’s Guide” style narration could be reduced / replaced by traditional libretto if required.
It will appeal to a wide audience of all ages, even those that “don’t like musicals”.
It’s a fascinating story, with a satisfying ending.
It is packed with commercially appealing songs in the rock and pop genres.
The central character Galileo sings in most songs, so the work could be performed by an established rock group with the main vocalist playing him and guests the other characters.

Galileo - Steve Butler
Marina - Shuba
Cosimo - Kyle
Narrator, Pope and Inquisitor - Peter Baker
Other parts played by the cast
Special thanks to Supreme Tracks, New York
Words, music and recording by Peter Baker © 2019

​Software used:
Steinberg Cubase 10 Pro
Miroslav Philharmonik
Orange Tree Evolution Infinity Guitar
Orange Tree Songwriter Guitar
UJAM IRON guitar
UJAM ROWDY bass guitar
G Force M-Tron Pro
Native Instruments Vintage Organ



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