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  • On An Overgrown Path: What I envied him was his courage
    2010 Any other 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 Saturday January 30 2010 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels BBC bernard levin blogs france krishnamurti Monastic Orders pierre boulez twitter 13 comments The Wound Dresser said Tarkovsky s Ivan s Childhood 8 20 pm billoo said dear pliable thanks for the links this was the first time i have heard krishnamurti i was wondering whether you actually agree with what he says that religon and rituals are based on thought and all that stuff about distortion hmm dunno thought it was a bit silly to be honest khair salams b 5 48 am Pliable said Billoo thanks for that and for the link to your own interesting blog Krishnamurti was a central figure in the Theosophy movement although he then moved away from it Theosophy is a recurring theme among musicians Dane Rudhyar and Henry Cowell are just two musicians whose interest in Theosophy has been noted here http www overgrownpath com 2007 11 dane rudhyar music and mysticism html I have also written here about Elisabeth Lutyens resentment of Theosophy her mother was a disciple of Krishnamurti http www overgrownpath com 2007 01 walking with stravinsky html Interestingly it was not just 20th century fringe composers who were connected with Theosophy In 1892 none other than Sibelius and his wife Aino stayed with the dramatist Minna Canth who was deeply interested in both Buddhism and Theosophy And Scriabin was deeply influenced by Theosophy I m also aware that verbal explanations of religions except perhaps the ones we were brought up with can sound silly As can verbal explanations of contemporary music But you raise an interesting question and I need to answer it No I do not believe in the concepts that Krishnamurti was extolling in that interview But I do not see that as a reason for rejecting them 10 21 am Pliable said TWD no not Tarkovsky s Ivan s Childhood But as ever a perceptive response http en wikipedia org wiki Andrei Tarkovsky I m off on my travels shortly despite an outside temperature that is currently 3 5 degrees C Keep the comments coming But there will be a delay in moderation as monasteries don t have Wi Fi 10 25 am A N Other1 said ET springs to mind would Bernard Levin have gone to see it 11 43 am Maino de Maineri said The other question is What happened to Lance Perceval 12 08 pm Pliable said http en wikipedia org wiki Lance Percival 12 55 pm Robert F Jones said Is it Close Encounters of the Third Kind 12 56 pm The Wound Dresser said Kind words Is it Hope and

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  • On An Overgrown Path: A Philippa Schuyler moment
    is it about her that is worth the preservation of her memory Is it the person or the music As a child Schuyler was presented to the black community as someone to emulate To whites she was the perfect assimilated Black American well educated decent to look at musically sophisticated and manifest with all the transplanted Western European mores that we were told would make the rest of us not merely good citizens but good Americans That had to be a heavy burden for her and as she left us only a handful of works I m sure it had a severe impact upon her creativity Yet I must judge only by what I hear and what I hear from the seven year old girl makes me want to hear from the twenty seven year old woman Schuyler had true talent as a composer and while she was not a child prodigy composer on the level of a Mendelssohn or Korngold her compositional talent certainly deserved more support than it ultimately received It may likely turn out that the value of her music is historical rather than as a living corpus of work for today s audiences As a female composer of biracial heritage Schuyler is a relative rarity among composers Yet whenever accomplishment is presented to us on the basis of race or ethnicity as she was we should rightly be suspect but we should also listen honestly Whatever judgment is at last rendered Schuyler s talent does not deserve to be consciously ignored Let s examine what she left and see what she had to say I have a feeling that we may be pleasantly surprised Now I simply must read that book JMW John McLaughlin Williams plays and writes about Philippa Schuyler who was born on August 2 1931 Respect goes to John and to his mother Norma McLaughlin Nelson for making this project possible The first part of this birthday tribute appeared as Philippa Schuyler genius or genetic experiment 1 John recorded Philippa s Nine Little Pieces in a non studio environment The piano was a 1919 Steinway and a Zoom H1 Recorder using MP3 192 kbps format was used 2 The audio player requires the latest version of Windows media player this may mean downloading a dedicated plug in for browsers such as Firefox or an update for Internet Explorer 3 My research indicates that The Wolf Autumn Rain and The Jolly Pig were published in 1938 as Three Easy Pieces and the remaining six pieces were added to an edition published approximately two years later This should be read in conjunction with Philippa s birth date of August 1931 4 It would be appreciated if any interested reader could add external links to the two Overgrown Path Philippa Schuyler resources on her Wikipedia entry because the Wiki police do not allow me to add links to my own web pages bacause of self interest A separate post on the boring but important subject nonsense of Wikipedia moderation is needed 5 Copyright of images 1 and 9 lies with Norma McLaughlin Nelson Copyright of the audio recording lies with John McLaughlin Williams 6 My thanks go to Norma McLaughlin Nelson of Shaker Heights Ohio John McLaughlin Williams and our son for their pro bono contribution to this project Any copyrighted material other than that identified above 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 Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Tuesday August 02 2011 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alexander mosolov classical music igor stravinsky John McLaughlin Williams Philippa Schuyler racism sergei prokofiev 9 comments Pliable said As I feared some readers are reporting the audio does not run for which I apologise On my lap top the audio runs fine using both Internet Explorer and Mozilla yet on another PC in the house it fails on both operating systems A pre publication test with a panel of readers returned the same inconsistent result The player is calling up a playlist file m3u to allow consecutive play of the nine pieces But this does not seem to be the problem as it is the player rather than the file that is not loading From the A B test on the two PCs here it seems to be something else on the computer other than the operating system that is the problem I freely admit to being outside my comfort zone on this one so any reader input and reports of success failure with the audio are very welcome 3 10 pm Pliable said John McLaughlin Williams reports the audio works perfectly on his iPhone but not on his PC 4 46 pm John Babb said Worked on my PC Int explorer 8 Vista once I allowed a Windows Media extension to run Agree that Song of the Machine is intriguing 5 26 pm Pliable said John thanks for that As confirmed by you we have now identified the problem as the audio player requiring the latest version of Windows media player to run This may mean downloading a dedicated plug in for browsers such as Firefox or an update for Internet Explorer 6 41 am Philip Amos said I had no trouble getting the music to run IE8 plus a Windows extension the same as John I also had a bash at adding external links to the Wiki article but that utterly defeated me I slogged through pages on do s and don t s re footnotes citations sources and external links and I think I found the right format but I never found the page where you can actually submit the material I ought to mention though that they make it very clear they don t like blogs in external

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