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  • On An Overgrown Path: Music that overflows with optimism
    connections abound in this collection of the composer s chamber music His Phantasy Op 16 is dedicated to Gerald Finzi Dutch oboeist Peter Bree who specialises in twentieth century music follow the path to Jules Röntgen commissioned and recorded the Duo Op 156 Arnold Bax s brother Clifford wrote the 1947 BBC radio play The Buddha for which Rubbra provided the incidental music which became his Suite The Buddha Op 64 Rubbra had a life long interest in comparative religion mysticism and metaphysical literature He briefly practiced Buddhism before returning to Catholicism His output also included some very fine sacred choral music that is well worth exploring This includes a Magnificat and Missa Cantuariensis for the Anglican rite and a Latin Mass and motets All can be found on the recommended Naxos CD by Christopher Robinson and the Choir of St John s College Cambridge seen below It is only fair to say that for me over the last months much of the enjoyment of blogging disappeared as self promotion and clickbait became more important than content and I would prefer to lay On An Overgrown Path to rest among happier memories So this week I am burying the blog by reprising some personal favourite posts from the past This one first appeared in January 2010 I am indebted to Leo Black s Edmund Rubbra Symphonist ISBN 9781843833550 My copy was supplied by the publisher Boydell Brewer at my request Both Rubbra CDs featured were purchased by me Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as 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 errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Tuesday January 05 2016 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels arnold bax buddhism catholicism clifford bax edmund rubbra endymion evelyn barbirolli peter bree 1 comment Pliable said On of An Overgrown Path s more notable achievements was to inspire Alex Ross to have an Edmund Rubbra moment http www therestisnoise com 2010 10 an edmund rubbra moment html 1 19 pm 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 Music is a powerful lens I write to discover There is a world elsewhere New music in the paradise garden CDs that should be in every medicine cabinet These symphonies are not masterpieces but who ca Beethoven pure and simple Boulez was sometimes called god in Paris It is important to know that someone has been ther Among us there are no castes Music that overflows with optimism A symphony a day keeps the doctor away New music beyond the reality distortion field What will life be like for classical music after t 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24

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  • On An Overgrown Path: A symphony a day keeps the doctor away
    his music but I also recommend his masterly for cello and piano which is available in the excellent CD seen above on the enterprising Edition Hortus label Also highly recommended is the Quatuor Ysaÿe s recording of Magnard s neglected String Quartet on the CD seen below which couples itwith the more familiar Fauré Quartet Ernest Ansermet s account of the Third Symphony image 2 shows my French Decca LP version thankfully lives on as a CD transfer as does Michel Plasson s EMI recording of the Fourth seen in image 3 It was that 1983 EMI LP incidentally which introduced me to Magnard s music Hyperion has a mid price double CD of the four symphonies in performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jean Yves Ossonce But in my opinion the best way to get to know Magnard s symphonies are the more spacious performances in the cycle by Thomas Sanderling and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra seen below These were recorded by BIS in the late 1990s but are now available from Dutch budget re issue specialist Brilliant Classics The finale of Sanderling s passionate interpretation of the Fourth blasts out of the speakers in my study as I write and as always it sends shivers down my spine Current Amazon UK retail is 13 47 for the three CD set which makes it the best value psychotherapy session you will ever experience Also on Facebook and Twitter CD of Magnard s sonata for cello and violin was kindly supplied by Editions Hortus as a requested review sample No other review discs were used in the preparation of the post Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as 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 etc to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Monday January 04 2016 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alberic magnard anton dvorak Bohuslav Martinu brilliant classics carl nielsen ernest ansermet Malmo Symphony Orchestra michel plasson Quatuor Ysaÿe Thomas Sanderling 4 comments Jerome Langguth said I have been a regular reader for many years and have a well stocked medicine cabinet thanks to your many recommendations I certainly understand your decision to walk away from blogging but the Web will be a chillier place without Overgrown Path Thanks much for the writing and the music 11 54 am Lyle Sanford RMT said will miss the blog for many reasons but one of the biggest will there then being no major music blogs open to and and delving into the therapeutic aspects of music still remember the excitement on finding you years ago and the numerous times shouting YES out loud while reading posts 4 46 pm Jorge Alberto Birrueta Rubio said While writing this comment I m listening to Magnard s First Symphony by the Malmö Symphony and

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  • On An Overgrown Path: New music beyond the reality distortion field
    as represented by a stereo image spread between two speakers So for me the surround sound mix was mildly disorientating But this caveat simply highlights the fundamental shift in the way that classical music is being listened to This shift in listening habits from proscenium arch stereo to multi channel surround and binaural headphones is key to understanding how to engage new audiences but it is one that classical music remains in denial about Sono Luminus inclusion of high resolution formats on a bonus disc the two discs are priced as for a single CD is an admirable example of technology being used in the service of art rather than vice versa My recent complaints about the imposition of social media s reality distortion field on classical music prompted the usual online invective of facile minded gibberish and anti tech from a self appointed music technology evangelist while the deputy editor of the BBC Music Magazine tweeted Not sorry to see the back of the Overgrown Path Pompously written it lacked both charm and meaningful content I leave it to you to judge my style and content however I am anything but anti tech and spent more than thirty years professionally involved in sound recording digital technologies and the Internet I believe passionately in the value of technology in the service of art and commerce What I object to is the misuse of technology to create a reality distortion field that serves personal and corporate agendas at the expense of art as is happening in classical music Which is why I will be spending much more of my time off line in the future My thanks go to Alex Ross for the heads up on Anna Thorvaldsdottir s In the Light of Air No review samples used in this post Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Saturday January 02 2016 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Anna Thorvaldsdottir Bruno Walter Francesco Provenzale Ibn Arabi Michael Hersch Sono Luminus 2 comments Pliable said It is not just me http goo gl bNzhKq 10 14 am Pliable said Wisdom from the much missed Doug Tompkins http goo gl kcP73h 4 26 pm 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 Music is a powerful lens I write to discover There is a world elsewhere New music in the paradise garden CDs that should be in every medicine cabinet These symphonies are not masterpieces but who ca Beethoven pure and simple Boulez was sometimes called god in Paris It is important to know that someone has been ther Among us there are no castes Music that overflows with optimism A symphony a day keeps the doctor away New

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  • On An Overgrown Path: The great mandala
    Constitutional Rights Click here for the lyrics and read the chorus in the context of today s events in Burma Koan Having Never Written A Note For Percussion by James Tenney played by Matthias Kaul Several excellent CDs of contemporary music by James Tenney and others including Morton Feldman and John Cage have been released on the Swiss Hat now Art label The CDs were selling for budget price in France and are highly recommended I will be playing music by James Tenney on a future Overgrown Path radio programme Now go Buddhist with Lou Harrison Header photo copyright On An Overgrown Path 2007 Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as 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 Posted by Pliable at Wednesday September 26 2007 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alain kremski buddhism burma james tenney peter paul and mary tibet 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 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Body Mandala - a contemporary classic?
    immature wunderkind composers down our throats Lots more Jonathan Harvey resources here Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as 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 errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Thursday May 01 2008 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels bbc scottish symphony orchestra bbc symphony orchestra buddhism ilan volkov jiri belohlavek jonathan harvey karlheinz stockhausen nmc stefan solyon 2 comments Henry Holland said Keep giving Kyle Gann a kicking Pliable he thoroughly deserves it Love the NMC label I love their James Dillon series I hope that they release at some point the BBC recording of Birtwistle s incredible The Second Mrs Kong or a recording of Mr Harvey s recent opera Wagner s Dream which got good reviews 10 56 pm Garth Trinkl said Henry you are probably a good enough surfer that you noticed that the Birtwistle Harsent The Minotaur is now being filmed for DVD but not broadcast And yes The Second Mrs Kong and Wagner s Dream are highly worthy candidates in my view for CD and DVD treatment Though you probably own it my resources have been a bit constrained and I haven t yet sprung the almost 40 for Fernyhough s Shadow Time At some flush moment I will though Pliable thanks for this post I tried to order the new NMC Jonathan Harvey yesterday after reading here but as of now they only appear to have MP3 s of the works available this side of the pond and I am not an MP3 type of guy Your travels again look to have been fantastic 2 33 pm 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 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Zen and the art of new music
    cheap 9 90 that has to be the new music bargain of the year Now read about Stravinsky s Tibetan connection Photograph copyright On An Overgrown Path taken outside my garden shed actually Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as 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 Posted by Pliable at Wednesday July 18 2007 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels benjamin britten buddhism erwin stein hans keller ircam joel perrot jonathan harvey les jeunes solistes pierre boulez rachid safir richard wagner soupir sufism 2 comments Pliable said A reader has kindly sent in these Jonathan Harvey links Jonathan Harvey biographie Médiathèque de l Ircam 2007 http mac texier ircam fr textes c00000038 deSingel Jonathan Harvey http www performingarts org persondetailview orb prs id 1530 The most French of the English composers Muziekcentrum Vlaanderen steunpunt voor de professionele muzieksector http www muziekcentrum be cdb details document asp id 1233 4 04 pm Pliable said Email received It is always encouraging to find people like you who want to promote new music contemporary music As you pointed out in your recent video a composer like Jonathan Harvey deserves to reach a much broader audience I had the chance to see his latest opera Wagner Dream recently in Paris I was fully charmed by the mix of singing sprechgesang and a spiritual music supported by subtle electronics Paris is a great place for such music as you know with the likes of the Intercontemporain or Ircam etc However composers are all around the world and the Internet is a natural way to spot new paths in music Keep up the good work Patrick 4 37 pm 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 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Is it me or is it the music ?
    the community Sir George Trevelyan Our greatest truths are but half truths Think not to settle down forever in any truth use it as a tent in which to to pass a summer night but build no house of it or it will become your tomb When you first become aware of its insufficiency and see some counter truths looming up in the distance then weep not but rejoice it is still the Lord s voice saying Take up your bed and walk If Findhorn and giant cabbages interest you it is worth visiting Auroville and Arcosanti Which neatly brings us to one of the Kronos s collaborations with Terry Riley Floodplain was bought retail at La Roche sur Yonne in France Our tickets for Music from the Penguin Café and all other summer events were bought at box office prices The ECM like header image is from Faces of Findhorn ISBN 0905249461 and long out of print Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as 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 errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Friday August 21 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Aleksandra Vrebalov bbc proms beethoven findhorn community gustavo dudamel kronos quartet Les Orientales Festival penguin cafe orchestra sir george trevelyan snape tashi lhunpo monastery 3 comments Pliable said In the context of alternative communities with musical connections I should have mentioned the Halycon Theosophical Community in California Dane Rudhyar was a key figure in it and Henry Cowell was influenced by it http www overgrownpath com 2007 11 dane rudhyar music and mysticism html 11 30 am Pliable said Incidentally it takes a Frenchman albeit living in Switzerland to know that in English acoustics when used to describe the characteristics of an auditorium is a plural noun The common and wrong usage by BBC announcers and others these days is the acoustic of the hall 11 42 am Lyle Sanford RMT said Great post Particularly like how it gets at how we can refresh our hearing listening by trying new things then going back to old familiars It s so easy to fall into ruts both in music making and in music listening and when we do we re missing a lot that s out there All the new brain research shows how it can rewire itself in various ways depending on how we use it Also appreciate the clarification on acoustic I d noticed the singular form was creeping in and didn t understand why Wonderful to hear Findhorn still there 2 57 pm 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Music and its symbols
    595 Hz tone slightly higher than D 5 with the seemingly random figure generated by Boulez s music and seen in my third image All images above are from Alexander Lauterwasser s website where high quality reproductions of the sound patterns and a DVD may be purchased He has also published a book titled Water Sound Images Below is a YouTube video Lautterwasser made about his work And yes Alexander Lautterwasser had a famous father Siegfried Lautterwasser was Herbert von Karajan s personal photographer and he left an infamous legacy More images created by music here All images reproduced from Alexander Lauterwasser s website My German less than adequate so corrections and additions from German speakers are very welcome Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as 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 errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Sunday March 01 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alexander lautterwasser buddhism carl g jung dane rudhyar herbert von karajan karlheinz stockhausen pierre boulez ravi shankar siegfried lauterwasser 5 comments Pliable said It is a pity that Alexander Lautterwasser has not produced any patterns from the music of J S Bach The earliest composer I could find on his website was Debussy http www wasserklangbilder de shop L474 gr jpg And can anyone else see that face in the Boulez pattern 4 49 pm Philip said Well I can see A face in there starting with beetling black eyebrows at the top Sam the Eagle the character in charge of censorship and general maintenance of good taste and decorum on the Muppet Show Hmmm This was disappointing given that I was hoping to see Heinrich Schenker he being much in mind as I looked at this truly fascinating post 9 35 pm Pliable said Actually I thought I could see Tchaikovsky s face 10 41 pm Philip said Really I can t but I wish I could I m rather hoping some music loving Evangelical will visit and see Jesus a lovely bit of irony given what you say about Boulez further on 11 54 pm Ideas Man Ph D said My German and my physics are also only ok but if I understand both correctly the image produced will be primarily a function of the duration frequency and intensity of different pitches and so the images would not be wholly random but would be a visible realization of something musicologists might be interested in otherwise anyway Prima facie the images seem to confirm this intuition I m emailing this link to the physicists and mathematicians I know to see what they say 2 32 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

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