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  • On An Overgrown Path: Change the celebrity musicians, not the audience
    Greenwood s things must change piece http www bbc co uk news entertainment arts 29559804 7 14 pm Elaine Fine said Here IS a case where institutions can make a difference Orchestral boards often believe that audiences and revenue come as a result of hiring flashy celebrity conductors and soloists and programming big meaty and brassy works The problem is that those programming decisions tend to work but the audiences who show up because they are lured by the promise of splendour and glitz often have expectations of how best to spend their evening out Maybe tastefully played Mozart isn t part of that menu Maybe thoughtful playing could get lost on an audience who comes to concerts for those Bernstein moments Music criticism doesn t help the cause either because sensitive and honest critics are few and far between and there is less and less of a chance for novice concert goers to educate themselves with the guidance of people who listen for the substance rather than the surface of a performance The act of listening to music can be personally enriching or it can be merely entertaining People who run concert series take all sorts of chances when they opt for the possibility of enriching their audience It is a tough call to make when our way of musical life is in such a fragile place and when so many of the glitterati of musical life present less in the way of thoughtful musical substance than the more homely and humble variety 1 43 pm Philip Amos said The key words in your post for me Bob are at the end of the footnote classical music needs more ecstasy and less sobriety in the performances O God yes I think many people may know the experience of looking at say a wondrous vista yet realize they cannot see it With music I think we have to turn upside down another kindred observation I should think we ve all had the experience of talking to someone who hears but does not listen Upend that and I find my problem with the vaster number of performances today I listen but I do not hear which is to say I am acutely aware that I am listening to and I choose this example for a reason Mahler s First but it is not Mahler s First I am hearing I hear the notes Mahler wrote but where is the meaning the spirit the intent whatever one might always inadequately call it though at bottom it is that ineffable thing that should momentarily stop you applauding or cheering at the end of a performance because for that moment you are too stunned The real problem may not be best expressed by saying that I can t hear it but rather that the conductor can t Or of course the soloist recitalist although the dearth of great conductors is by far the bigger of two huge problems What happened to the great conductor

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Keeping my head in the clouds
    comments Pliable said After uploading my photo I was struck by the possibly not coincidental resemblance of my visual composition to Katsushika Hokusai s famous woodcut of Mount Fuji http deyoung famsf org blog framework fuji clear weather red fuji katsushika hokusai 9 51 am Pliable said From a linked tweet I learn that the the ten pieces of music I d rather not hear again form of click bait is known as a listicle And a search leads me to an article titled 4 1 4 reasons why your brand must become a Buzzfeed listicle Most definitely time to return to the view http economictimes indiatimes com articleshow 44613157 cms curpg 2 utm source contentofinterest utm medium text utm campaign cppst 10 35 am Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 Jordi Savall s bold gesture leaves me puzzled Listening with the ear of the heart How long can classical music ignore the glaringly We all make mistakes What music was broadcast on the day you were born New BBC Radio 3 supremo is off to a bad start Did he jump or was he paid to jump How many protests against the death of an orchestr Borrowed landscapes and borrowed music Change the celebrity musicians not the audience Keeping my head in the clouds Noise kills thought Technology reveals information but annuls percepti September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Noise kills thought
    MuCEM Rudy Ricciotti No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 Jordi Savall s bold gesture leaves me puzzled Listening with the ear of the heart How long can classical music ignore the glaringly We all make mistakes What music was broadcast on the day you were born New BBC Radio 3 supremo is off to a bad start Did he jump or was he paid to jump How many protests against the death of an orchestr Borrowed landscapes and borrowed music Change the celebrity musicians not the audience Keeping my head in the clouds Noise kills thought Technology reveals information but annuls percepti September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27 June 27 May 7 April 32 March 27 February 24 January 30 2011 299 December 22 November 21 October 42 September 12 August 24 July 38 June 29 May 5 April 34 March 9 February 33 January 30 2010 281 December 37 November 20 October 36 September 7 August 37 July 27 May 17 April 33 March 12 February 26 January 29 2009 367 December 22 November 23 October 33 September 7 August 35 July 30 May 42 April 39

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Technology reveals information but annuls perception
    confusion among those new to his music and searching indexes that Murray is Shafer s preferred first name so his name takes no hyphen I seem to recall that the NML catalogue lists him under both M and S which helpeth not Secondly I just a few minutes ago discovered that Sony most kindly saves you the trouble of loading the ipod if you should be driving I don t know if this is part of a series but they have an issue entitled Drive Time The Pacific Coast Highway I ve driven most of that in summer and in winter and during neither did I require a soundtrack to accompany the glories along it But I was just intrigued by the producers notions of suitable music thus Beethoven Symphony No 6 1st move Grieg Holberg Suite 1st Move Sibelius Symphony No 2 1st Move Rodrigo THAT Concierto Adagio Torke Javelin Nielson Symphony No 3 Andante Hovhaness Symphony No 2 1st Move Sibelius Symphony No 5 3rd Movement On my part I ve never cared for the Grieg and never heard the Torke apparently written for the Olympic Games Otherwise the Sibelius 2 Nielsen 3 Hovhaness 2 are works of which I m very fond and the Sibelius 5 a work very special to me But how these befit that highway I have no idea And even if thought they did the last thing I d want is to be listening to them for my very fondness for some would distract me from the wonders to be seen moving along and seen and heard and smelt on the frequent stops I certainly would want to make I suspect from the fact that half the pieces are first movements may reflect the amount of thought given this coming as it does from the corporation that brought us Mahler s Complete Adagios Perhaps the last movement of my beloved Sibelius 5 was chosen because they thought those final chords fitting as your drive South comes to an end hopelessly lost on the freeways of San Diego or even wedged under a Mack truck 3 22 am brutus said I recognize that you don t like it when someone disagrees with you but this post is sloppy The title is a nice phrase and has a seed of truth but it s inaccurate Normal perception operates continuously except when it s extinguished by sleep drugs or worse What technology does is retrain focus from the sensorium to media Because consciousness can deal with only a limited amount of perceived stimuli at once media placed in the ear or close to the eye e g handheld screens have a tendency to mask the range of stimuli occurring in one s immediate environment People who are screenheads wall to wall earbud listeners and typically inveterate multitaskers generally elect to focus their attention on their gadgets believing falsely in the value of the media found therein But there is no lack of perception just a shallow

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Jordi Savall on the record
    the 20th century and it was a discovery that put corrected an imbalance For many hundred of years it was thought that music was in constant evolution even Stendhal said in the 19th century that Mozart and Haydn were really great composers who had bettered all the preceding composers This is a mistake I believe the essential quality of music is to bring emotion to a person You can be so touched by a simple voice accompanied with a lute or similar instrument there can be as much emotion in this simple combination as in a big vocal ensemble with a hundred singers and a big orchestra with a hundred musicians The quality of the art and the quality of the emotion has nothing to do with the loudness of the sound the size of the orchestra or the complexity of the music Of course we have in the Occident at the centre of our art the B minor Mass and the Beethoven symphonies and other masterpieces There are no comparable works in the Orient but there is still the quality of the emotion and of the art BS Occident Orient and other recent releases are on the Alia Vox label your own record label Can you tell us a little about why you started your own label What is the background to the decision JS The background to the decision was more than twenty years working with other companies mainly doing the things we liked to do But ten years ago we started to feel that when working with the major companies it was impossible to create innovative projects that introduced the risks associated with unknown repertoire This convinced us that we had to be free to make our own decisions and had to be free to give decisions about the music priority over commercial decisions This was the starting point for Aia Vox it is a very small group of people Montserrat Figueras my wife myself an editor a person who prepares the editions an export manager and that s all Which means we work in the best conditions because musicians take all the decisions from conception until the record is finished Probably Alia Vox is the only record company in the world where musicians are controlling everything This means we can create projects with the very highest sensibility for the sound for the repertoire for the presentation including texts and background history We are trying to create CD books that are collectable and that do not simply exploit the possibilities of the internet with the texts and background history and graphics making our recordings are physically appealing This is our way to work and it opposes the movement towards making music a non physical commodity available only over the internet BS Your latest release Invocation à la nuit includes music by Arvo Pärt and you commissioned a work by Pärt to commemorate the terrible Madrid terrorist bombings Do you see early music as a limiting label and

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Philip Glass - World Music Is The New Classical
    Christian Jewish and Muslim Hesperia the stampitte of medieval Italy and the improvisations and dances of Morocco Israel Persia Afghanistan and the old Ottoman empire Forms of music apparently far removed from one another in time and space music that has often been consigned to oblivion beneath successive layers of modernism or undervalued because of its uncertain origins Dances prayer songs and laments of rare beauty and intense emotion whose delicacy of expression frees us from the stranglehold of our deeply embedded roots and avoidable isolation And here to remind us what a rich heritage World Music has to draw on is a listing of just some of the festivals from many different cultures that are being celebrated around the world in the coming month of November 2006 Wed 1 Algerian Revolution Day 1 Antiguan Barbudan Independence Day 1 Christian All Saints Day Thu 2 Christian All Souls Day 2 Rastafarian Haile Selassie 1 Coronation Fri 3 Dominican Independence Day 3 Japanese Bunka no Hi Sun 5 Sikh Guru Nanak Dev ji Birthday 5 Thai Loy Krathong 5 UK Guy Fawkes Night Mon 6 Moroccan Green March Anniversary Thu 9 Pakistan Allama Muhammad Iqbal Birthday Fri 10 Turkish Ataturk Death Sat 11 Angolan Independence Day 11 Polish Independence Day 11 UK Armistice Day Sun 12 Bahai Baha u llah Birthday 12 UK Remembrance Sunday Tue 14 Indian Children s Day Wed 15 Japanese Shichi Go San Sat 18 Latvian National Day 18 Moroccan Independence Day Wed 22 Lebanese Independence Day Thu 23 Japanese Kinro Kansha no Hi US Thanksgiving Day Fri 24 Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji Martyrdom Sun 26 Bahai Day of the Covenant Tue 28 Albanian Independence Day 28 Baha i Abdu l Baha Passing 28 Zoroastrian Shenshai Second Gahambar First day Wed 29 Albanian Liberation Day Thu 30 Barbadian Independence Day 30 Filipino National Heroes Day 30 Scottish St Andrew s Day 30 Yemeni Independence Day Image credits oud from Afromix com darbouka from Woodbrass com Any copyrighted material on these pages is included for fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Report broken links missing images and other errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk If you enjoyed this post take An Overgrown Path to Classic misunderstandings Eastern tunings Posted by Pliable at Monday October 30 2006 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Today people go to concert halls looking for answers
    emotionality A graphic example of how concertgoers are looking for answers was provided in a concert yesterday Oct 20 by the Britten Sinfonia In a typically brave example of programming the Britten Sinfonia juxtaposed contemporary works by Nicholas Maw 1935 2009 and Anna Clyne b1980 with Stravinsky Mozart and Haydn It would have been so much easier to have programmed more popular works to boost the audience on a very wet Sunday evening in musically conservative Norwich But with the help of a meta content rich pre concert talk by Jacqueline Shave who conducted the Anna Clyne work and Nicholas Daniel who was soloist in Nicholas Maw s Little Concert with yours truly curating the discussion the contemporary works won the hearts and minds of the audience The buzz around the concert hall foyers after the performance of Anna Clyne s Within Her Arms a fourteen minute elegy for strings in memory of the composer s mother echoed Peteris Vasks words that concertgoers seek precisely that emotionality But beware of thinking that one size of emotion fits all The answers that concertgoers are looking for are like the audiences themselves very diverse Some seek spiritual reassurance while others seek a less overtly spiritual life enhancing experience We should not forget the latter experience can be provided by music completely outside conventional concepts of spiritual as this passage from Jonathan Cott s 1974 Stockhausen Conversations with the Composer tells us And the notorious fragmentation of contemporary music into factious ideological camps cannot disguise the fact that the finest recent compositions whether by Morton Feldman Lucian Berio Stefan Wolpe Harry Partch Pierre Boulez or Elliott Carter attain to an experience beyond their intricate or incidental structures A convincing case can be made that today people are going to concert halls looking for answers But the fashionable trend of turning classical music into entertainment coupled with an unhealthy preoccupation elsewhere with musical existential angst works against providing either spiritual reassurance or anything remotely approaching a life enhancing experience Is it surprising that classical music is finding it so difficult to reach a wider audience Also on Facebook and Twitter Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Monday October 21 2013 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Anna Clyne Boulanger Trio britten sinfonia dmitri shostakovich henryk gorecki Jacqueline Shave Krzysztof Penderecki nicholas daniel Nicholas Maw peteris vasks pierre boulez Stefan Wolpe 1 comment Pliable said This recent article by Britten Sinfonia chief executive David Butcher is very relevant to my post http www theguardian com culture professionals network culture professionals blog 2013 oct 09 classical concert programming britten sinfonia commentpage 1 11 47 am Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5

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  • On An Overgrown Path: My reputation is safe in your hands
    talking about British music I d guess than either of the posters above I deal professionally with the CBSO and can assure you that the Guardian article was not written by any member of CBSO staff Oramo speaks English like a native why this difficulty in accepting that he might have written it himself As a devoted Barbirolli fan I admit to being a little perplexed by his comments but bear in mind that in ten years of world class work in Brum Oramo still has to put up with London critics comparing him albeit usually favourably with his predecessor Might this have a bearing on his attitude And might he not have a deeper point Is it not possible that the geeky British obsession with definitive performances and the deeply parochial view that only a certain group of mostly dead British conductors can say anything valid about Elgar has actually damaged Elgar s reputation overseas and inhibited performances On the strength of poisonous comments like Pliable s any foreign conductor could be excused for giving British music a wide birth But Sakari Oramo is bigger than that He s taking Boult s and Barbirolli s work forward into a new and different world Elgar can take it So deal with it 3 49 pm Pliable said MV Overchurch please read the post and the comments Sakari Oramo s commitment to British music was not questioned His wisdom in using inaccurate comments about one of his predecessors in Birmingham to promote his own concerts was 4 53 pm MV Overchurch said Sorry to get carried away It s the comment The trouble is he has been brought up in the age of spin and thinks he can make a name for himself by what he says rather than with his baton that made me see red That sounds very much to me as if Oramo s artistic achievement is being questioned when in fact he s long since made a superb name for himself using his baton Has any other non British conductor this year written anything so provocative about Elgar That in itself is interesting Oramo has an absolutely unique perspective on British music We in Britain love our Boult and Barbirolli discs to us their s is the definitive Elgar tradition But clearly Oramo a non British musician sees things very differently Given that his credentials in this repertoire are impeccable and his commitment is beyond question maybe it s worth thinking about why that is We might still disagree with his views but let s at least take them seriously The implication that his opinions on this subject are based on ignorance or even worse self interest is unworthy of a serious discussion forum 11 46 pm Pliable said When a musician makes a provocative statement it is the role of a discussion forum to debate it not ignore it As I said before Sakari Oramo s credentials as a conductor an Elgarian and a champion of

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