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  • On An Overgrown Path: Male American pioneers
    there was only one recording of James Tenney s music available That has changed and an excellent double CD by musikFabrik on the hat now ART label not only includes Tenney s Forms 1 4 but also works by Varèse Cage Stefan Wolpe and Morton Feldman In the same series are CDs of Tenney s Solo Works for Percussion and Music for Violin and Piano The poor coverage of female American pioneers can be partially rectified by listening to BIS 2002 The world of Ruth Seeger which is still available as is Naxos disc of her chamber and vocal music DG s excellent Ruth Seeger portrait performed by Overgrown Path regulars Schoenberg Ensemble New London Chamber Choir and James Wood is now only available as a download Pauline Oliveros is much better represented in the catalogue as are Amy Beach Joan Tower and Meredith Monk More words on 20th century music here The image of Ruth Crawford Seeger above was created by me by sampling the DG album sleeve CDs mentioned in the article were bought at retail price in the article were bought 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 Monday January 12 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alex ross charles ives colin mcphee edgar varese harry partch henry brant henry cowell james tenney john cage ruth crawford seeger 2 comments Garth Trinkl said In my opinion American composer Gloria Coates can certainly be mentioned as being in the same league as James Tenney Joan Tower and Meredith Monk I recall Richard Taruskin fairly extensively covering Meredith Monk as well as mentioning some other American woman composers in the final volume of his Oxford History of Western Music I seem to recall Monk receiving more in depth coverage than for example Sofia Gubaidulina or perhaps Kaija Saariaho although I could be wrong on this 5 36 pm Pliable said Gloria Coates http www overgrownpath com 2008 01 contemporary composers bigger picture html http home wanadoo nl eli ichie coates html 6 08 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Charting twentieth century music
    Art of Music by Dane Rudhyar The Rudhyar Archival Project is pleased to bring you this long awaited title Out of print since 1987 The Magic of Tone is now issued free online Serious interest in Rudhyar s pioneering work as a composer is growing rapidly This title is Rudhyar s last word written in 1982 three years before his passing on Sound Tone Music and the Rhythm of Civilization and Culture 2 51 pm Pliable said Boydell Brewer tell me that the publication of Dane Rudhyar His Music Thought and Art has been slightly delayed It should be shipping towards the end of February 10 51 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 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Walking with Stravinsky
    CD are too many to describe here but include the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis mentioned above But the real masterpiece is the Motet Excerpta Tractati Logico Philosphici which is often known as your Wittgenstein Motet The myth would present you as the composer of obscure music setting an arcane philosophical text Rubbish You set Wittgenstein because the text fitted your musical model The piece may be fiendishly difficult for the voices to pitch but the motet is certainly not fiendishly difficult for the listener to appreciate despite its use of serial techniques And you have a very powerful advocate in the form of contemporary composer Bayan Northcott who co produced the NMC CD and wrote the wonderfully illuminating notes Stravinsky features in my header photo with you and he once wrote One could not better define the sensation music produces than by saying it is identical with that evoked by the interplay of architectural forms You made much of the tension between you and your father but in fact his approach to architectural form compliments your music perfectly James Weeks new CD which should be in the collection of every student of contemporary music was recorded in the wonderful acoustics of St Jude s on the Hill Hampstead London above a church designed by your father and often used for recording sessions and concerts Lizzie I can forgive you the myth of the Horror Queen as you certainly didn t have an easy life The myth is irrelevant the music is what matters and that cries out to be heard including your unperformed opera The Numbered which is scored for eighteen soloists chorus three actors and symphony orchestra including huge percussion section two mandolins and two electric guitars But it is tragic that the myth of neglect and abrasiveness you created has become self fulfilling since your death in 1983 and your centenary year passed with scarcely a performance of your music by the BBC or elsewhere This is quite scandalous your music deserves to reach a much wider audience and I hope that the revelatory recording by James Weeks and Bayan Northcott the brilliant 1989 biography by Meirion and Susie Harries and this little letter will prompt a long overdue reappraisal With belated congratulations on your centenary Pliable The music of Elisabeth Lutyens performed by Exaudi and Endymion directed by James Weeks is on NMC D124 audio samples and MP3 purchase available via this link I cannot recommend the biography of Elisabeth Lutyens A Pilgrim Soul highly enough It is a model biography meticulously researched eminently readable and brilliant at positioning Lutyens in a broader cultural context The authors are Meirion and Susie Harries publisher Michael Joseph ISBN 0718125479 Now for the rub it is out of print But fortunately copies are still easy to find online Listen to Elisabeth Lutyens talking about Schoenberg Webern serialism and more via this link Now for more on architecture and contemporary music take An Overgrown Path to Iannis Xenakis composes in glass Image credits Stravinsky and St Judes from A Pilgrim Soul 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 Posted by Pliable at Monday January 15 2007 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels BBC contemporary composers elisabeth lutyens stravinsky theosophy 12 comments sfmike said Wow that s quite an essay the back handed compliment taken to a mythic level You make me want to hear her music AND read the biography of the woman Anybody who spans Wittgenstein and Hammer Films is definitely of interest 1 20 am Henry Holland said Thanks for an interesting entry Pliable I have a CD made from an LP of Luyten s Quincunx coupled with Maw s Scenes and Arias I ll have to dig it out and give it a spin and forget that she seemed to have been quite a ghastly woman to deal with It doesn t seem likely due to being unperformed and all that but I d love to hear her opera at some point 9 42 am Rebecca said What a phenomenal post I ve been peripherally interested in Elizabeth Luytens ever since I saw a score of hers at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea I love your style of presentation 3 11 am Rebecca said Argh make that Lutyens my apologies 3 12 am Laurel Parsons said Thanks for this article Pliable although I would like to point out that Elisabeth is spelled with an s and not a z I agree with you on many points particularly about the opera The Numbered which incidentally was the subject of my Ph D dissertation in 2003 available through UMI and my article in the journal Theory and Practice in 2005 After five years of research on this work and several more writing a book on her music in progress I remain convinced of its brilliance and stageworthiness more so than her other operas To Henry Holland I d love a copy of your Quincunx CD if you read this please e mail me at parsons post queensu ca I don t think it s quite correct to refer to her as ghastly to deal with There s no question she could be extremely difficult at times but most of the people I ve interviewed have also stressed her unparalleled generosity and warmth especially to young people 1 07 pm Pliable said Thanks Laurel now corrected That s what comes of writing about EliSabeth Lutyens and EliZabeth Maconchy at the same time 4 06 pm Laurel Parsons said Aha so that s it Glad to hear you re also writing about Elizabeth Maconchy another great composer 2 57 am Cliff said Thank you for a very interesting article I have admired Lutyens

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Wagner dream
    that Van Gogh painted in Arles and sent to Gaugin in Brittany The painting which is seen below is described as follows in the book Few observers would have guessed the guise that the painter took on in this picture Vincent had he wrote to Gauguin aimed at the character of a simple bonze worshipping the eternal Buddha That is he had painted himself as a Japanese monk The header painting is Van Gogh s Wheatfield and Cypresses which was painted in June 1889 at the asylum he was confined to outside Saint Rémy after threatening Gauguin I visited the former asylum in 2006 read the story and see my photos here The Yellow House Van Gogh Gauguin and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles by Martin Gayford was borrowed from Norwich library 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 errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Tuesday May 12 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels arles art beethoven buddhism eindhoven jonathan harvey richard crayford richard wagner vincent van gogh 1 comment The Wound Dresser said synaesthesia i used to tell teachers when I was a child that color smells funny and they thought i was talking about crayons not until my teens did someone discover it was synaesthesia 7 15 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 35 July 30 May 42 There is music and then there is Bach Performing outside the comfort zone In search of the lost sleeve notes On your bike One of the greatest recordings I know Shuffling Kurtag s Ghosts What were you celebrating this weekend Back at Snape by popular demand Both sides now

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Wagner and the Tantric Orchestra
    lot of readers and comments Anyone who still does not think the sound matters should have been in Snape Maltings concert hall on Thursday evening to hear the concert given by the Tashi Lhunpo Monks and the sound of two Tibetan long horns dungchen ringing out in the Maltings famed acoustics Take a look at the size of those instruments that explains why the only loudspeakers that deliver decent bass are the BIG ones I took the photo below during one of the excellent Tibetan culture workshops that ran through the week at Snape All is not lost if you missed the Snape concert but want to find out whether your sound system can follow two Tibetan long horns down the scale The Tashi Lhunpo Monks have recorded the CD of sacred Tibetan chant mantras and music seen below Wonderful sound is captured by a British recording team in the prayer hall of the monastery in India and the beautifully presented disc is mastered in the UK The two instrumental tracks played by the ten piece Tantric Orchestra are quite a revelation The disc is worth buying for track 9 Ngag ki rolyang alone if you like Xenakis you are in for a treat Also used on the CD and in the Snape concert are bone trumpets These are made from human leg bones which gives a whole new meaning to the instruction legato Like all forward thinking bands the Tantric Orchestra has its own record label and Dawn Till Dusk is available from the monastery s UK website or from Amazon The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery s UK charity are planning a small group trip to the seat of the Tibetan government in exile in Dharamsala and to the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Bylakuppe south India in autumn 2010 We very much hope to be on that trip If you are interested in joining it contact Jane Rasch at info at ashi lhunpo org uk Peggy Seeger daughter of Ruth Crawford Seeger sings Agent Orange on the Smithsonian Folkways CD Classic Protest Songs that featured in a recent post Recommended to everyone connected with the National Symphony Orchestra Tibetan secular music here and sacred chant here All our concert tickets and the Dawn till Dusk CD were bought at retail prices All photos c On An Overgrown Path 2009 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 errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Saturday August 15 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels anne midgette benjamin britten buddhism china dalai lama dow chemicals national symphony orchestra panchen lama richard wagner snape maltings tashi lhunpo monastery tibet vietnam 4 comments Rain said Thanks for your informative blog Personally I ve found incredible Tibetan singing bowls at http www Bodhisattva com They ve

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Freedom to Tibet's serfs and slaves
    Lou Harrison from Jinhair com 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 If you enjoyed this post take An Overgrown Path to A mirror of modern China Posted by Pliable at Saturday July 01 2006 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest 7 comments Scott Belyea said Interesting piece I m no expert and there are clearly many and varied legitimate criticisms of Chinese actions in Tibet since 1959 However from what I ve read about pre 1959 Tibet it perhaps should be noted that it was hardly a free and open society let alone one which had many of the hallmarks of a democracy This is not to be an apologist for the actions of China but as I understand it it might be worthwhile to give a bit of balance to the commentary 5 43 pm Pliable said Scott you are quite right and there is no claim in the article that Tibet was a free open or democratic society prior to 1959 Before then Tibet s land was worked by serfs most of whom were owned by the lamas and were sometimes subjected to cruel conditions particularly if they tried to escape Before Chinese rule over 700 000 of Tibet s population of 1 2 million were in serfdom But it should also be remembered that the spectre of Chinese intervention has hung over Tibet since the start of the 20th century and the Tibetan Resistance Movement who were defeated in 1959 received considerable support from the CIA Tibet has been the unwilling pawn of the super powers for more than a century I am not expressing horror at the comparison between pre and post 1959 Tibet But I am expressing horror at China s human rights record there since 1959 6 50 pm sfmike said I love Harrison s La Koro Sutro It s some of the nicest morning music around though it is a bit more Indonesian in sound than Tibetan 7 26 pm Pliable said Interesting article in today s Guardian about the hydropower dam in Yunnan Province on the southern border of Tibet Regarding pre 1959 Tibet Sky Burial by the Chinese author now resident in London Xinran is recommended Chatto Windus ISBN 0701176229 9 15 am AdSenseMaker said Dude thanks for discussing Tibet related issue Free Tibet 6 33 pm James said I think it must be remembered that the significant aid given to the uprising by the CIA and extra governmental agencies was also coupled with massive propaganda internally and abroad The effects of this propaganda can still be seen today as most discussions regarding Tibet don t even mention the brutal lives the majority faced prior to when China reincorporated Tibet into its territory

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Music and mystics on the middle path
    highly recommended A Pilgrim Soul the Life and Work of Elisabeth Lutyens by Meirion and Susie Harries Michael Joseph ISBN 0718129466 and guess what also out of print The Tashi Lhunpo monks are despite China s worst efforts thankfully not out of print and they are touring the UK in autumn 2009 Header photo is copyright Tashi Lhunpo Monastery UK Trust Lutyens biography and Body Mandala CD were bought by me at retail Trevelyan biography was borrowed from Norwich library 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 October 08 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels buddhism dane rudhyar elisabeth lutyens jonathan harvey ruth crawford seeger tashi lhunpo monastery theosophy 4 comments Pliable said Rudolf Steiner s work as an architect is quite remarkable http www rudolfsteinerweb com Rudolf Steiner and Architecture php 8 49 pm Pliable said Common ground between Buddhism and the Alexander Technique http www alexandertechnique com articles zen 9 21 pm Lyle Sanford RMT said That photo is amazing Thanks for putting it up At first I was sure it had to be photoshopped but then realized it is my complete compartmentalization of these two elements of East and West that s the problem Sure would like to hear a conversation between whatever a Druid was and a Tibetan lama 10 21 pm Jacque said Interesting connections as always But I d like to point out that while Steiner created a successful branch of the Theosophical Society in Germany 1 he was founder of the Anthroposophical Society 2 characterized superficially as a split from the Theosophists Here in Chicago we ve got a terrific school called the Chicago Waldorf School testimony to another of Steiner s contributions to the world an important theory and method of education Jacque www chicagobassensemble com 1 http en wikipedia org wiki Theosophy The Theosophical Society 2 http en wikipedia org wiki Anthroposophical Society History 11 43 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: The People United Will Never Be Defeated!
    Never Be Defeated was bought from Prelude Records at retail price in December 2005 I paid my own way to Burgundy but must confess that my trusty Trek 990 mountain bike on which I was touring was supplied at a discount back in 1990 by the wonderful Trek Bicycle Corporation whose factory in Madison Wisconsin I have had the pleasure of visiting Header photo is c On An Overgrown Path 2009 Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Friday October 09 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alvin curran christian wolff france frederic rzewski john cage luigi dallapiccola 1 comment The Wound Dresser said chinese 9 07 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

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