A Musical Suite Based on the Platonic Solids

W. Douglas Maurer
Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (2002)
Pages 227–233


We describe here a suite for unaccompanied violin which is based on the five Platonic solids. This ties together our own career in computer science with our lifelong interest in the composition of music, including works for symphony orchestra and for theatrical band and orchestra with chorus and soloists. A consequence of the design of the suite is that every measure in it is played twice, sometimes in immediate succession but more often at a later point in the same movement. The sheet music to the suite is available from the author.