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  • On An Overgrown Path: February 2005
    post Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alan hollinghurst cello colin hampton griller quartet norma winstone susan tomes tom wolfe Sunday February 20 2005 Serendipity 2 In my post Serendipity and Collaborative Filtering I tried somewhat clumsily to explain what On An Overgrown Path was all about and wrote the site will really work if it triggers more postings that open up Overgrown Paths from some of my own postings Image from Ruth Phillips web site Today brought a fantastic example of one of those overgrown paths opening up I received a message in response to my posting on the Gabrielli cello works from Meanwhile here in France which is a really excellent blog run by the fine cellist Ruth Phillips who is also a teacher and pioneer in music therapy Ruth also has her own web site for her various activities which is well worth visiting She also lucky lady lives in the Vaucluse a few miles from L Abbaye of Ste Madeleine visited in Pliable s Travels Ruth s husband the artist Julian Merrow Smith also has a wonderful web site and to make it a clean sweep for the bloggers has his own artist s studio blog Permanent Red Meanwhile here in France eat your heart out It is great to find serendipidity kicking in But it is even better to find someone that is making music work beyond the CD player and concert hall or as Ruth writes it is far more important than repeating mindlessly yet another Mozart 40 on a 3 hr rehearsal The work done by Professor Paul Robertson using the music of Bach with Alzheimer s sufferers which sadly claimed Bernard Levin last year is also worthy of the highest respect see his web site Music Mind and Spirit On sale from Julian Merrow Smith s online gallery of his own paintings I am aware though that there is a fine line here between music therapy and good old fashioned mumbo jombo CD s of Mozart for Babies worry me in my favourite independent CD store Prelude Records in Norwich I have a passion for Gregorian Chant but am nervous about the many Relax with Gregorian compilations that fill the budget shelves Katharine Le Mee the author of the highly recommended The Benedictine Gift to Music has also written an interesting little volume Chant The Origins Form Practice and Healing Power of Gregorian Chant But the evidence seems to be there the Chalice of Repose project in Missoula Montana makes live music available to terminally ill cancer patients and which in another fascinating thread uses the Benedictine Cluniac tradition of monastic medicine Doctors involved in the Chalice of Repose project were sceptical at first but there is now a general view that although difficult to support with scientific theory the treatment works although their web site does seem to wander into the area of Celestial Harmony CD s but to stay open mined here is a link to harpist Therese Schroeder Sheker who is very involved in the project It is worth remembering that an early form of music therapy was Muzak which originated in te 1920 s to calm lift elevator passengers For an informed take on this very grey area where pre conceptions need to be controlled see a well balanced article originally published in The Economist in 2001 and now available on the web Whatever the evidence at this stage classical music as an enabler in both education and healing is something Pliable believes passionately in and it is one of the most exciting threads that has come out of On An Overgrown Path so far The Old Farmhouse Studio Prof Paul Robertson s Music Mind and Spirit Trust and Retreat Posted by Pliable at Sunday February 20 2005 No comments Links to this post Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Friday February 18 2005 MaxOpus I wrote a rave review below for Peter Maxwell Davies Masses and here is another rave review this time for his ground breaking web site MaxOpus The classical record companies have done little to adapt to the digital revolution other than promote young violinists in wet T shirts The orchestras have been a little more entrepreneurial in setting up their own labels as the majors such as Universal have imploded under the weight of their own egos but laudable as LSO Live and the other orchestra owned labels are they really are no more than a Band Aid sorry about the pun as the industry haemorrhages CD buyers and concert audiences The trend is illustrated by the fact that two of the three cycles of Bach Cantatas currently being recorded are on artist owned labels after Universal owned DGG and Warner owned Erato pulled the plug on the original corporate backed ventures John Eliot Gardiner releases his recordings on his own Soli Deo Gloria label and Ton Koopman on Antoine Marchand the third is from enterprising Swedish independent BIS and is recorded in Japan Sir Peter Maxwell Davies But the real knight s move puns are really flowing today comes from our own seventy year old Master of the Queen s Music Sir Peter Maxwell Davies who has added a beautiful and functional web site to his list of compositions Frustrated by the lack of exploitation of his compositions Max has purchased back copyrights and invested heavily in developing the elegant simple and effective MaxOpus web site The site offers long excerpt streams coupled with a pricing policy based on the length of the download So a short overture costs half the price of a 40 minute symphony which can be downloaded for around 3 If you are not from the download generation MaxOpus covers all the bases or should that be basses with a custom burning and mailing service for your own selection from Max s opuses And the site is about a lot more than music downloads It includes listings of his works and publishers scholarly commentaries biographies and links It is simply a first class internet resource and a commercial one to boot A quick check shows that the Google page rank for the site is already up to a strong 6 10 which already equals the established LSO Live site A brilliant concept with inspired execution It sounds like my review of Max s Missa Parvula but I am also referring to his web site MaxOpus Why can one of our greatest living composers who for years lived on the Orkney island of Hoy without electricity and with a wind up gramophone deliver a service like this when all the highly paid music executives can do is slash and burn their way through the classical archives Posted by Pliable at Friday February 18 2005 1 comment Links to this post Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Brain Food 1 Reading Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami the first novel I have read by this Japanese author who apparentely has a cult following in Japan and elsewhere I bought it incidentally for 99p in an Ottakars special promotional edition an excellent initiative that has introduced me to a writerI otherwise probably wouldn t have found A very readable rites of passage type novel if a little self indulgent Surprisingly this is not an early Murami novel as it does show some of the excesses and appeal of first novels such as The Magus It does suffer from the flaw that death seems to be the preferred way of resolving the characters three suicides and one from natural causes is I think a fair definition of excess I thought it could have done with some tighter editing in places but credit to the excellent translation by Jay Rubin Nice scene setting detail with references to music from the 60 s not just Beatles as in the title but Bill Evans Miles Davis Ornette Coleman etc Very atmospheric I ve ordered up Kafka on the Shore on the strength of this so it has led me down a new Overgrown Path Saturday by Ian McEwan what can I say about this except excellent It really confirms McEwan as a really major writer Relevant wide ranging gripping thought provoking brilliantly researched especially the brain surgery passages I have to say that when I read the previews I thought the setting London on the day of the anti Iraq war demonstration was just too hip to work But I was wrong it is a brilliant novel and deserves to win the Booker and everything else The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martínez this novel which has gone straight into a UK paperback from the Spanish original has attracted a lot of good reviews It is written by Guillermo Marinez an Argentinian Professor of Mathematics see photo below and is a good old fashioned murder story with a very strong mathematical thread running through it The maths theory is advanced enough to raise the novel above the typical run of the mill who dun it but doesn t need a maths doctorate to follow Very enjoyable definitely more substance than your average murder mystery but not a masterpiece to my mind Listening Sacred Music by Peter Maxwell Davies Hyperion an exceptional disc The great discovery for me is the relatively austere Missa Parvula set for upper voices singing in unison with organ Despite the gap in five hundred years there is a clear thread that links medieval polyphony to these works Wonderful music brilliant recording made in Westminster Cathedral The organ sound on my newly acquired B and W Nautilus 803 speakers is something to die for Wonderful singing from the Westminster Cathedral Choir under Martin Baker Just for fun I played this CD blind to a former colleague and great friend who has made a subtantial contribution to English choral music on record He was a bit less impressed here are his comments Re Mystery record The Missa for boys couldn t have been written without Britten very derivative Thought perhaps Jonathan Harvey but remembered you mentioned Maxwell Davies website etc and it could well be him Catholic sound Westminster Cathedral for whom Ben wrote his Missa Brevis Definitely Neumann 684 mikes switched sporadically without asimuth Cathedral Music by Christopher Tye Hyperion Dyad budget This discovery came as a thread from the sleeve note of the Maxwell Davies Masses above Christopher Tye lived and composed in East Anglia where this blog is composed Beautiful music with a distinctive voice that anticipates Byrd and certainly stands with him in the pantheon of English polyphonists Wonderful performances by the Choir of Winchester Cathedral under David Hill As if all that wasn t enough to recommend it the disc is on the Hyperion budget Dyad label and cost me just 5 99 Can such great things really come so cheap What it says by Marc Copland and Gary Peacock Sketch this one is for all of you who think Pliable listens to nothing other than Gregorian Chant and medieval polyphony I am a great fan of the jazz pianist Marc Copland and have got most of his albums on Sketch including the difficult to find but worth searching out duo with Ralph Towner which is only available in a Japanese pressing I bought mine in Frankfurt last year Here Copland works with bassist Gary Peacock They are all original compositions which stay on my side of free Great sound edited as are many of these great Sketch recordings in Pernes les Fontaines in Provence where Pliable will be heading to in June I m becoming more and more interested in the lower string sound and am fascinated by the thread from Bach and Gabrielli see below on the cello to the jazz bass players like Gary Peacock Complete works for cello by Domenico Gabrielli Tactus a real find If you love the Bach Cello Suites and who doesn t or get excited over the visceral sound of Gary Peacock s bass in the disc above this one s for you Until I came across these works the name Gabrielli meant St Mark s in Venice and lots of brass The real gems on this disc are the Ricecars for unaccompanied cello I simply don t understand why these aren t as well known as the Bach suites Wonderful sound from period instruments of course My first purchase from the Italian Tactus label but definitely not the last in fact this post has prompted me to order up their recrding of Battista s cello works Palestrina Masses by Pro Cantione Antiqua Brilliant Classics just so my reputation as a polyphonic obsessive remains intact I offer with this five disc set of Palestrina Masses I have raved elsewhere see my post on their box of masterpeices by the Flemish polyphonists O Magnum Mysterium This box of Palestrina Masses comes for the ludicrously cheap price of 11 99 from the HMV web site The performers are Pro Cantione Antiqua who were at the forefront of the revival of authentic performances of choral works of this period so the musicianship is impeccable and the sound first class Most of the recordings in this set are also available on the budget Regus label but cost twice as much If the price wasn t so ridiculously cheap I would quibble about the lack of any sleeve notes or documentation such as recording venues and dates unlike O Magnum Mysterium which has excellent documentation Also it is a shame that jewel cases rather than cardboard sleeves are used as storage space becomes a problem with so many fantastic releases on this super bargain label The problem of shelf space for CD s and books is a real one for Pliable an interesting lateral solution is offered by BookCrossing But it is the music and the price that matters more than storage space And one again this is a truly Brilliant bargain Piano Sonatas by Haydn Brilliant Classics At the risk of sounding like a PR representative for Brilliant Classics who I have absolutely no connection with other than being a very enthusiastic customer I finish with their box of the complete piano sonatas by Haydn This is one of those works where to buy the complete 10 CD set on full or mid price is a serious investment by anyone s standards But again Brilliant Classics have solved the problem by making a new recording of the complete sonatas using five different pianists using their own chosen fortepianos but recorded in the same venue at around the same time to maintain consistency of sound There is no need to worry about the quality as well as the price being super budget With pianists of the quality of Bart van Oort and Yoshiko Kojima these performances stand comparison with any on full price Yes they do use all use a fortepiano but there is a lot of body to the recording and the sound is definitely acceptable to a wide church of listeners as opposed to authentic performance fanatics This Brilliant Classic release comes in their wallet style packaging not ten jewel cases so it doesn t take up a complete bookshelf Documentation is first class including details of the provenance of every sonata in fact the information provided surpasses most full price release These ten CDs which will give more than eleven hours of pleasure and exploration can be bought from the HMV web site for just 23 99 plus 1 carriage need I say more 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 February 18 2005 1 comment Links to this post Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels brilliant classics guillermo martinez haruki murakami ian mcewan joseph haydn marc copland Peter Maxwell Davies pro cantione antiqua Thursday February 17 2005 The armchair pilgrim One of the most interesting books I have read recently is Accidental Pilgrim the story of David Moore s pilgrimage retracing the steps of the VIth Century Saint Columbanus which I wrote about in my recent post Monasteries and pilgrimage have been a recurring thread on The Overgrown Path and another book which has given a lot of pleasure is Kevin Wright s guide to European Monastery and Convent Guesthouses Last autumn I stayed in the Benedictine Abbey of Ste Madeleine in the Vaucluse in France and this guide gives details of hundreds of similar religous houses which offer accomodation or are worth a visit It is a wonderful book for the armchair pilgrim But it also offers more than just a listing of monasteries Kevin Wright gives a very useful overview of the diferent monastic orders and their histories There is a also a more detailed section on Solesmes Abbey which has done so much for the scholarship and use of Gregorian Chant within the church litury There is also an excellent list of useful web sites and links Supporting the book are online maps which show the location of all the monasteries listed European Monastery and Convent Guesthouses comes highly recommended It is a wonderful way to wander through the amazing diversity and history of European monasteries as well as a really useful resource for anyone thinking of making a retreat Solesmes Abbey Posted by Pliable at Thursday February 17 2005 No comments Links to this post Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Monday February 14 2005 Improvisation 2 For the phenomenom of music is nothing other than a phenomenom of speculatiuon There is nothing in this expression that should frighten you It simply presupposes that the basis of musical creation is a preliminary

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  • On An Overgrown Path: January 2005
    violinist Stephane Grappelli Flamingo on Dreyfus 36580 a not altogether convincing collabaration with string quartet and Dave Holland Marvellous on Dreyfus 36564 a duo with his guitarist father Conversations on Dreyfus 36617 and the acclaimed Conference de Presse Dreyfus 36568 which is a duo with Eddy Louiss on Hammond Organ you either love or hate the Hammond I am in the latter group I am afraid If the trio recordings are great and the novelties a little self indulgent the solo piano work is sheer genius Here we have the musicality of Bill Evans being extended into a more innovative language and the creativity of Keith Jarrett without the interminable post Lisztian monologues Petrucciani can appeal both to the emotions with melody and guts through the power of his playing helped by first class piano sound something Bill Evans was not always blessed with Whether improvising from standards e g Ellington s Caravan or delivering his own compositions Petrucciani is up there with the best Must have solo recordings are Solo Dreyfus 36597 Au Theatre Des Champs Elysees Dreyfus 36570 and a personal favourite Oracle s Destiny OWL032 Michel Petrucciani was a pianistic genius The power of his playing transcended his physical limitations He was also an extrovert bon viveur the sleeve notes for Flamingo include the credit Michel Petrucciani s hats are supplied by Motsch and ladies man with a chequered romantic history that certainly proved that size doesn t matter A marriage to Gilda Butta a pianist ended in divorce and he was survived by his companion Isabelle and by a son Alexandre and a stepson Rachid Roperch both from a previous relationship He packed more into thirty seven years than most of us will achieve in a full lifetime Through his recordings he will endure as an example of what can be done People are always blaming circumstances for what they are I don t believe in circumstances The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can t find them make them Mrs Warren s Profession by George Bernard Shaw 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 Journey with Jack Reilly Posted by Pliable at Friday January 14 2005 3 comments Links to this post Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Saturday January 08 2005 Elgar s other enigma Like Pliable Elgar was a keen cyclist here he is in Malvern with his much used Sunbeam tourer Jessica Duchen s classical music blog about Edward Elgar s birthplace at Broadheath Worcestershire reminded of a link to him sitting on my bookshelf The score of Elgar s Violin Conerto contains an enigmatic dedication in the form of a mysterious Italian phrase Acqui esta encerrada el alma de followed by five dots meaning that the identity of the dedicatee of this perenially popular work is unknown Some years ago I bought a second hand copy of the autobiography of Mrs Richard Powell Dorabella of the tenth of the Enigma Variations Edward Elgar Memories of a Variation published by Methuen Stuck into the book are hand written letters and postcards sent to the original owner by Mrs Powell who was then living in East Grinstead A letter of 12th Feb 1950 from Mrs Powell in her own hand writing says the following What a curious fact it is that people seem to prefer a mystery to a fact Having kept my promise to Lady Elgar for 40 years not to reveal the Secret of the 5 dots I find now that no one cares to know the truth and I have even heard something about pricked bubble A writer to the Times once alluded to the excruciating boredom of pure fact Believe me Yours sincerely Dorah M Powell This seems to be a reference to the paragraph in the book P 86 which was apparently added in 1946 the first edition was published in 1937 where Mrs Powell reveals that Lady Elgar told her that the five dots referred to an American friend of the Elgars Mrs Julia H Worthington contradicting the now commonly accepted interpretation that the enigmatic dedicatee of the Concerto is Mrs Alice Stuart Wortley I can see no reason to disbelieve Mrs Powell and if Lady Elgar s explanation is taken at face value there is no enigma to the dedication the dedicatee is Mrs Julia H Worthington But of course the mystery remains unsolved as we will never know whether Lady Elgar s explanation was fact or whether it was simply Edwardian expediency created by herself or by her husband Maybe not a great revelation but it is fascinating to have in front of me as I write that apparently factual explanation of the dedication in the hand of one of the famous friends pictured within Such is the unique magic of second hand books It appears that the owner of the book who appears to have been a BBC journalist was in the habit of sticking interesting memorabilia into his books I bought from the same source books from his library on Toscanini and Furtwangler and both have many fascinating newpaper clippings and reviews neatly pasted into spaces between the text but alas no letters Oh to return to the days when cut and paste meant using scissors and Gloy gum from a glass bottle with a rubber spout So there is a very small piece of Elgar history sitting in my library which may just be of interest to others A scanned images of the correspondence can be made available to any genuine researchers who may be interested Sir Edward Elgar with Yehudi Menuhin before recording the Violin Concerto in 1932 Posted by Pliable at Saturday January 08 2005 2 comments Links to this post Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share

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  • On An Overgrown Path: December 2004
    site Santiago of course being the Spanish for Saint James La Nougatlopett is a non competitive event although there are some very serious mountain bikers taking part among the four hundred riders I choose the 28 mile option with 1200 foot of serious climbing up from the Rhone valley into the foothills of the Ardeche mountains and back down again The climbing is tough but staying calm when impatient French teenage riders on department store bikes buzz my back tyre on the highly technical rocky single track is even tougher The prize for finishing the course puts all those tacky T shirts and cheap medals in the shade every finisher gets a bag of nougat because of course Montelimar is the nougat capital of the world The second candidate that passes the pee test in bucket loads is a descent of Mont Ventoux In past years I ve done part of the climb on road on a mountain bike complete with nobblies definitiely not recommended and have ridden extensively in the foothills But the big one this year is a full on descent from the ski station at Chalet Reynard off road all the way to Bedoin a descent of 3500 feet in fifteen miles Chalet Reynard is actually 1000 feet below the summit but the descent from the very top involves a lot of very loose scree above the tree line and that means a serious downhill rig and descending skills which I don t have My ride for the trip is a Bianchi hardtail set up for cross country see header photo with an 80mm travel Marzocchi fork up front and Avid V brakes all round I m not really a retrogrouche I just like tried and tested kit I may ride three bikes with XT thumbshifters not the Bianchi which has LX Rapidfire plastic numbers but I bought my first full suspension bike 1993 that was a Moulton APB which I am still happily racking up miles on every time I ride it I wonder why leading link front forks aren t more common Whyte bikes excepted My better half has wisely chosen to stay by the pool so I ride in 30 degree C heat to the bike shop Bedoin Location who run a shuttle service up Ventoux It is Wednesday afternoon which French school children have off for sports activities My companions in the shuttle van are French teenagers who will be attending mountain bike school on Ventoux for the afternoon Is it any surprise that France produces so many great riders and the whole attitude towards cycling is so much more positive than in the UK Discretion being the better part of valour I have chosen the easy option for the descent The shuttle drops me at the Chalet Reynard ski area then it is 200 yards on road towards the summit and the jeep track descent starts on the left At this point the nerves are still there particularly as this is a solo ride This is seriously exposed mountain country wind speeds of more than 150 mph have been recorded at the summit and it is a very long walk out in the event of a serious mechanical In the whole fifteen mile descent I only see one other person the driver of a French Forestry Service jeep on the lower slopes The first three miles of the ride are almost level as the track traverses the upper slopes just below the tree line This is the old road to the top and there are patches of broken tarmac in a few places On the left hand side is the most amazing view and drop it is a novel and slightly worrying experience to peer over the edge and see my ultimate destination more than 3000 feet below me together with in the far distance the Benedictine Abbey of St Madeleine at Le Barroux where I am to spend a a week on retreat later in the year As well as worries about mechanicals I am also concerned about taking a wrong track as getting lost on the higher slopes would have some pretty serious consequences Fortunately I have marked the route up on a 1 to 25 000 IGN map and no mistakes are made Three miles into the ride at les Grands Pins the track really starts to go down and for the next twelve miles I hardly pedal Surely this is one of the longest uninterrupted descents in Europe The riding is all on a jeep track but the surface keeps varying from rocky but ridable to very rocky loose and for me very challenging As I get into the rhythm my nerves disappear and confidence increases This brings risks on the lower slopes I start to speed up between hairpins only to find that after an hours constant use aka being scared and keeping the brakes on too much there is noticeable brake fade as I hurtle into hairpins with 1000 foot drops on the outside After ninety minutes white knuckle riding and with hands and feet literally numb from vibration I finish the descent safely by dropping right down to our poolside where medicinal beers are on hand Good preparation or good luck prevailed no mechanicals and no wrong turnings But a few days later though I blow the back tyre out when I hook it on a particularly jagged rock in the forest below Chalet Reynard a gentle reminder that the terrain around Ventoux is a lot more demanding than my native Norfolk It is kick back time the next day as the professionals come to town for Le Dauphine time trial up Ventoux All the top riders including Lance Armstrong are competing as it is just two weeks to the start of the Le Tour There is a carnival atmosphere in town and the riders mix with the spectators in a way fans of other sports can only dream of Riding down Ventoux downhill is

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  • On An Overgrown Path: November 2004
    private property On the contrary they have an obligation to use the commons in ways that are compatible with or do not detract from other uses From the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse web site Mobile phone services for airline passengers arrive 21 06 2004 by Sean Cornwell ARINC the transportation communications and systems engineering company and Telenor are soon to market new technology to allow airline passengers to use personal mobile phones aboard commercial flights The new technology will in theory allow seamless usage of today s popular GSM mobile phones on any commercial aircraft flight Passengers will be able to make and receive mobile phone calls and send or receive text messages just as they do on the ground stated Graham Lake ARINC Vice President and Managing Director Europe Middle East and Africa It is not a question of whether mobile phones will be used on aircraft It is merely a question of when The new technology initially will leverage the Inmarsat SATCOM systems currently deployed on 3 000 aircraft worldwide The system is alsodesigned to accommodate evolving technologies such as the Inmarsat Swift BGAN and Ku broadband systems such as ARINC s SKYLinkTM The two companies will offer the airlines a comprehensive one stop implementation package The technology will address the airspace as a virtual GSM country simplifying the mobile addressing and connectivity during flight Current terrestrial GSM roaming charges are being used for end user pricing models From DMEurope com web site Feasting on Words Monks Listen to Literature While They Eat in Silence By Barbara LeBlanc When Fr William Sullivan O S B asks what you are reading these days he is not making small talk He really wants to know As Prior of Saint Anselm Abbey Fr William selects the books that will be read to monks at lunch and dinner according to a tradition spelled out in the Rule of St Benedict He scours The New York Times best seller list and combs book reviews for biographies histories and other non fiction works that provide a menu for the mind while the monks take their meals in silence as also dictated by the rule You can tell you chose a good book when people go up and read what they missed if they missed a meal he said The job of reader rotates weekly among the monks Recently Fr Anselm Smedile O S B read from A History of the Popes 1830 1914 by Owen Chadwick Sitting in a balcony high above the dining tables in the paneled dining hall known as the refectory Fr Anselm knew he was expected to read correctly and with some animation St Benedict was specific on that point as well I try to prepare for the week by reading the selections that are to be read from the Bible Rule of Benedict and the current book Fr Anselm said The only frustrating parts of table reading for me are the words in foreign languages or mispronouncing words that many of the monks know but I have never come across before In years past the prior would ring the bell if the reader mispronounced a word Read it again Fr William said imitating one prior s German accent That happens no longer Now Fr Jude Gray O S B a former professor of public speaking and oral interpretation or another monk will mention the correct pronunciation in private I ll say You know that word Well most people pronounce it this way said Fr Jude who has coached younger monks in preaching and table reading It can be very intimidating for a young monk with all those Ph D s down there His advice Read the text beforehand and know what words to emphasize Sense echoes sound he said Silence makes for quick meals as short as 15 minutes at lunch so a book can take three months to complete Between books there may be papal documents and other pertinent texts to read At noon there is always a section of the Old Testament and at dinner passages from the New Testament Rule of St Benedict and the Abbey Book of Customs Like serving a meal we need to speak the Word as though feeding by ear said Fr Iain MacLellan O S B Monks are enthusiastic about the reading saying it enhances fellowship and exposes them to books they may never have read on their own Fr William noted that it also provides diversion to a group of men who seated according to seniority may be passing the salt to the same dinner partner for 50 or 60 years Among Fr William s selections David McCullough s John Adams is the reigning favorite The least favorite The History of Blood which was suggested by a monk then living at the abbey didn t last two meals People couldn t take it Fr William said They were getting sick From web site of Saint Anselm Benedictine Community web site Posted by Pliable at Tuesday November 02 2004 No comments Links to this post Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels benedictines Monastic Orders silence Monday November 01 2004 Our future Put bacteria in a test tube with food and oxygen and they will grow explosively doubling in number every twenty minutes or so until they form a solid visible mass But finally multiplication will cease as they become poisoned by their own waste products In the centre of the mass will be a core of dead and dying bacteria cut off from the food and oxygen of their environment by the solid barrier of their neighbours The number of living bacteria will fall almost to zero unless the waste products are washed away From The Doomsday Book by Gordon Rattray Taylor Posted by Pliable at Monday November 01 2004 1 comment Links to this post Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Smile why it has been Saw the

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  • On An Overgrown Path: October 2004
    injured on China s roads every day The huge road toll in China is just a part of a global epidemic of road traffic accidents that accounts for the deaths of some 1 2 million men women and children each year The burden of traffic injuries and death falls most heavily on low and middle income countries they have about 90 of all road traffic deaths and disabilities That could soon rise to 95 if the problem is not confronted Road traffic fatalities in China are predicted to increase to almost half a million deaths each year by 2020 unless urgent action is taken Beyond the loss of human life poor road safety has an enormous economic impact Annual direct and indirect costs have been estimated at between US 12 to 21 billion approximately 1 5 of China s GNP Living china Shanghai Shanghai News Digest Grand Prix brings more than race to Shanghai By Li Jian China Daily Updated 2004 09 27 08 31 A total of 200 000 spectators crowded into the newly built Shanghai International Circuit to watch the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix The enthusiasm of the spectators peaked when Rubens Barrichello s red Ferrari roared to the grid for the last lap followed by BAR s Jenson Button and McLaren s Kimi Raikkonen I am going through a good phase and here in China Everything has gone well all weekend said Barrichello after his victory The reception we have had from the Chinese people has been fantastic I think the circuit and the game is amazing said Zhang Zhongfang a spectator from Shanghai Although the price of admission to the race averaged 2 500 yuan US 300 tickets were sold out several months ago Shanghai Circuit reportedly earned more than 300 million US 36 million The race also brought income for Shanghai s hotels land investors and tourism agencies A total of 150 000 visitors arrived in Shanghai to see the F1 competition Most of the hotels in Shanghai have been fully booked from early this month and prices have risen The land price in Anting where the circuit was build has tripled and is likely to rise even more Shanghai is looking for additional motor racing events to promote its image and its automobile industry Posted by Pliable at Thursday October 14 2004 1 comment Links to this post Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest The perfect thread Here is an example of what On An Overgrown Path is all about Bought the new Brad Mehldau solo CD Live in Tokyo and very good it is too Two of the tracks are improvisations on tunes by Nick Drake who is Nick Drake I asked A brilliant English song writer and folk rock singer who sadly died at an early age in 1974 leaving behind just three albums In a neat piece of synchronicity a Greatest Hits type compilation called Treasury has just been released but grab hold of Pink

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  • On An Overgrown Path: August 2004
    in the exchange program lecturing etc and you have a public record of association with organizations officially listed by the attorney general As the Communist party record is extremely long I think counsel will want to ask you some questions on that May I give you some advice You have a lawyer here There are witnesses who come before this committee and often indulge in the assumption that they can avoid giving us the facts Those who underestimate the work the staff has done in the past end up occasionally before a grand jury for perjury so I suggest when counsel questions you about these matters that you tell the truth or take advantage of the Fifth Amendment Mr Copland Senator McCarthy I would like to say now I received a telegram to be here Friday The telegram gave me no hint as to why I was coming If I am to be questioned on affiliations over a period of many years it is practically impossible without some kind of preparation to be able to answer definitely one way or another when I was and what I was connected with This comes as a complete surprise The Chairman May I say that during the hearing if you feel you need more time for preparation we will adjourn and give you that time We have no desire whatsoever to have the witness commit perjury because of lack of preparation If you feel you can t answer these questions concerning your Communist affiliations Communist connections if you need more time we will give you more time Mr Copland May I say one more word I came here with the intention of answering honestly all the questions put to me If I am unable to do that it is the fact that memory slips in different ways over a long period of time Mr Cohn The record states that you signed a letter to the president urging the United States declare war on Finland This statement was sponsored by the Council of American Soviet Relations Mr Copland Is that a fact Do you know when that was Mr Cohn Do you know if you signed such a statement Mr Copland I have no memory of that I can t say positively Mr Cohn This was during the trouble between the Soviet Union and Finland That would be in the late thirties Mr Copland I am sorry but I couldn t say positively It seems highly unlikely Mr Cohn What was your view on the trouble between the Soviet Union and Finland The Chairman May I rephrase that Roy Did you feel at that time we should declare war on Finland Mr Copland Senator McCarthy I am in no position I spend my days writing symphonies concertos ballads and I am not a political thinker My relation has been extremely tangent The Chairman We want to know whether you signed this letter to the president urging that we declare war on Finland whether you are a musician or not We now find that you are lecturing with the stamp of approval of the United States government and we would like to check on these things This is one small item There is a long record of apparent Communist activities Now you say you don t remember signing the letter Just to refresh your memory may I ask did you feel at the time the letter was signed by you that we should declare war on Finland Mr Copland I would say the thought would be extremely uncharacteristic of me I have never thought that the declaration of war would solve in my opinion serious problems I would say I was a man of hope for a peaceful solution The Chairman Do you think someone forged your name Mr Copland I wouldn t know The Chairman Have you heard before that you signed such a letter Mr Copland No The Chairman This is the first time it has been brought to your attention Mr Copland As far as I know The Chairman You have no recollection of such a letter to the president Mr Copland I have no recollection of it The Chairman Did you ever attend any meetings at which this matter was the subject of conversation Mr Copland Not that I remember Mr Cohn What was your view of the Hitler Stalin Pact 1939 to 1941 Mr Copland I don t remember any specific view of it Mr Cohn You are listed as a sponsor of the Schappes Defense Committee Morris Schappes as you might recall is a teacher at City College New York and has been a witness before this committee in the last couple of months He denied Communist party membership was convicted of perjury and sentenced to jail The Schappes committee was organized to secure his release from jail You are listed as a sponsor of that committee Do you recall that Mr Copland No I do not recall that I know they use the names of well known men to support their cause without authorization Mr Cohn Do you recall the Schappes case Mr Copland Vaguely Mr Cohn Have you ever met Professor Schappes Mr Copland Not to my knowledge Mr Cohn Do you think they used your name without your authorization Mr Copland I think it very possible The Chairman Did you authorize the use of your name by any organization that has been listed by the attorney general or the House Un American Activities Committee Mr Copland As far as I know I lent my name to organizations which were subsequently listed I don t know now that I lent it in any cases after it was listed Mr Cohn Of course a listing of the date does not signify the date it became subversive A listing is made on the basis of past activities of the organization If the attorney general lists an organization in September 1948 it doesn t mean that was when it was found subversive It means that on that date a review of the activities of the organization was completed and found to be subversive Mr Copland I didn t necessarily know about that Mr Cohn What organization did you sponsor allow to use your name contribute to or help in any way who were then or were subsequently listed by the attorney general as Communist fronts Mr Copland I would have to refer to my papers May I say that I have never been shown by any official committee of any sort or questioned about this list I heard about it through an inadvertent source I haven t had the time or possibility of knowing whether it is complete I did it rather hastily since Friday I can t say positively The Chairman Give us what you have and you can complete it later on I may say that I can understand a man who has got to depend upon the government for part of his income to have accepted a job with the government perhaps knowing he had joined these front organizations but it seems you have none of these qualifications and have been rather active in a number of these fronts Do you care to give us the list Mr Copland I think Senator McCarthy in fairness to me and my activity in relation to the Department of State it was not primarily a financial relationship I think that I was chosen because I had a unique position in American symphonic and serious music and I had a reputation as a lecturer on that subject I at any rate was under the impression that I was chosen for that purpose The payment was not the primary consideration I was trying to help spread in other countries what we American composers were doing Senator McClellan Were you employed by the federal government by the State Department Mr Copland I believe it was in the program of interchange of persons I don t know if that is an employee Senator McClellan Were you paid by the government Mr Copland I was paid by the Department of State interchange of persons Senator McClellan Over what period of time Mr Copland Are you referring now to the non paid advisory capacity Senator McClellan Give us both I want to get both in the record Mr Copland I was a member of the Advisory Committee on Music Department of State between July 1 1950 and June 30 1951 Senator McClellan Did you receive any pay for that Mr Copland No Except the per diem expenses Senator McClellan How much was the per diem Mr Copland My memory may not be right I think it was about 10 00 a day I was also a member of the same advisory committee from September 8 1941 to June 30 1942 I was also a music advisor to Nelson Rockefeller s committee when he was coordinator of Inter American Affairs and that music advisory post was renewed to June 1943 As far as I know that was the end of the music advisory capacity Senator McClellan Did you receive a salary Mr Copland No That was not a government job I was appointed visiting lecturer on music in Brazil Argentina etc by the Grant In Aid at a salary of 500 00 a month over a period of three months around August or September of 1947 Senator McClellan Was that plus expenses Mr Copland I can t quite remember It may have been per diem expenses when traveling Senator Mundt You did secure traveling expenses for that Mr Copland Yes sir Senator Mundt And per diem also Mr Copland Yes Senator Mundt What was the per diem Mr Copland It may have been eight or ten dollars a day My compensation was 500 00 a month I was given a Fulbright professorship for six months to Italy from January to June of 1951 at a salary of 3 000 for six months plus transportation to and from Senator Mundt Did you get 3 000 from the State Department or the difference between what the Italian University paid you and what you received over here Mr Copland I was paid by the embassy in Rome I wasn t attached to the university I was attached to the American Academy in Rome and they housed me but I was paid at the embassy itself Mr Cohn Did you have a security clearance before you undertook this Mr Copland One that I knew about no Mr Cohn Did you have to fill out a form prior to receiving this appointment Mr Copland No Mr Cohn None at all Mr Copland I am not sure there were none at all Mr Cohn Did you go under Public Law 402 the Smith Mundt Bill Mr Copland No I knew of the bill of course The Chairman Could I ask you now about some of your activities As I said according to the records you have what appears to be one of the longest Communist front records of any one we have had here Is it correct that you signed some statement to President Roosevelt defending the Communist party Mr Copland I have no memory of that but I may have The Chairman Was that your feeling at that time Did you feel the Communist party should be defended Mr Copland Well it would certainly depend on what basis For example if someone wanted to have them outlawed to go underground I might have I don t think they should be outlawed to go underground but left above board The Chairman This is not outlawing the Communist party This is a statement defending the Communist party Mr Copland I would certainly have to have further time to study the letter the nature of the letter and what I remember about it May I say the list I got from the Congressional Record almost all of these affiliations have to do with sponsoring of something the signing of protests or the signing of a statement in favor or against something and that in this connection if I had them or didn t have them I say in my mind they are very superficial things They consisted of my receiving in the mail in the morning a request of some kind or a list of names which I judged solely on its merits quite aside from my being able to judge whether that was a Communist front I must say that when I first saw this list I was amazed that I was connected with this many things I consider this list gives a false idea of my activities as a musician It was a very small part of my existence It consisted of my signing my name to a protest or statement which I thought I had a right to do as an American citizen The Chairman You have a right to defend communism or the Communist party Hanns Eisler or anything else You have a perfect right to do it but the question is why were you selected as a lecturer when you exercised that right so often Let me ask you this question Before you were hired as a lecturer to tour South America did anyone ask you to explain your membership in or sponsorship of these various Communist front movements Mr Copland No and I think the reason was that they were too superficial No one took them seriously and I think they were justified in not taking them seriously In view of my position in the musical world and a teacher in the musical world most people would think they would know whether or not I was a Communist The question never came up The Chairman Would you give us that list Mr Copland May I first Senator amend a prior answer I gave in regard to a petition to declare war on Finland It occurred to me that I did have knowledge of that I read it in the Congressional Record It had no date as to when it was signed or any particular information as to what went into the petition therefore I am afraid I just ignored that I had seen it The Chairman Now give us that list Mr Copland In order to help matters could I have the list read from there so I could give you my list The Chairman You give us your list first Mr Copland This is only a summary The Chairman You won t be cut off You can take all the time you want Mr Copland I can only definitely say that I was a member of the National Council of American Soviet Friendship during the years that the Soviet Union was an ally in the war and for some years thereafter I don t have the precise date I joined the Music Committee of that Council of American Soviet Friendship in order to help an understanding between the two countries through musical interchange It was in no way as far as I was concerned a political move At that time I had no knowledge that the National Council of American Soviet Friendship was a Communist front I do know that subsequently it was solicited by the attorney general and on the basis of that I formally resigned The Chairman How did you resign Mr Copland By letter The Chairman Do you have a copy Mr Copland I may have The Chairman You don t have a copy with you Mr Copland No Senator Mundt What date was that Mr Copland That was I believe June 1950 The Chairman It was cited long before that Mr Copland Was it I don t know The Chairman Do you know when it was cited I gather you resigned because you found it was cited Is that correct Mr Copland That is my recollection of events yes The Chairman Did you resign as soon as you heard it was cited Mr Copland Well there was some question in my mind as to whether or not I was still a member because the Music Committee resigned as a body at any rate they left and set up their own organization the American Soviet Music Society The Chairman When was this set up Mr Copland The exact date escapes me It was probably 1945 or 1946 The Chairman Can you give us the next front Mr Copland May I emphasize again The Chairman Will you read them and then you can explain your participation in each one the source also and the date Give us the names of the organizations and then you can give us any explanations you care to If you care to have me read them I will Hand me the list of fronts reading 1 The American League of War and Fascism 2 Advisory Board of Frontier Films 3 Entertainer at the American Music Alliance of Friends of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade 4 Entertainer of New Masses Benefit 5 Sponsor New York Committee for Protection of the Foreign Born 6 Signer Petition American Committee for Democracy and Intellectual Freedom 7 Signed Statement to FDR Defending the Communist party 8 Signer of appeal for Sam Darcy National Federation for Constitutional Liberties 9 Sponsor Citizens Committee for Harry Bridges 10 Sponsor Artists Front to Win the War 11 Sponsor letter for Harry Bridges by the National Federation of Constitutional Liberties 12 Dinner Sponsor of the Joint Anti Fascist Refugee Committee 13 Sponsor Called Conference of American Soviet Friendship National Council American Soviet Friendship 14 Signer Reichstag Fire Trial Anniversary Committee 15 Signed petition for Hanns Eisler 16 Eisler Concert sponsor 17 Member National Committee National Defense of Political Prisoners 18 Member Committee of Professional Group for Browder Fund 19 Member National Committee of People s Rights 20 Vice Chairman and Member of the Music Committee Council of American Soviet Friendship 21 Peoples Songs 22 Independent Citizens Committee of the Arts Sciences Professions 23 Win the Peace Conference 24 American Soviet Music Society 25 New Masses contributor 26 National Council of the Arts Sciences and Professions 27 Supporter Communist Bookstore Senator Mundt Was that list prepared by you Mr Copland No I did not prepare that list I copied that list from Red Channels and the Congressional Record in an attempt to have some kind of preparation in coming to this committee so as to know what possible organizations my name had been connected with Senator Mundt It is not your testimony that this list is your list of fronts which you belonged to Mr Copland Definitely not The Chairman It is not Mr Copland No Any secretary could have done it for me Mr Cohn I would like to state Mr Copland we have checked the guide for subversive organizations and found that the National Council of American Soviet Friendship was cited as subversive December 4 1947 Mr Copland May I say December 4 1947 to the best of my knowledge I was in Latin America on a lecture tour It would be very unlikely that I would know Mr Cohn When did you return Mr Copland I returned in December 1947 Mr Cohn You say it took you these three years to discover Mr Copland Well Mr Cohn I don t keep track of all political points like that Mr Cohn If I label your testimony correctly you were trying to give the committee the impression that when you found this was cited as a subversive organization you resigned Mr Copland No I was about to explain that the American Music Society was an off shoot so to speak of the National Council of American Soviet Friendship and I was not sure whether I was still a member The Chairman Will you go through this list now and tell us which Communist front organizations you were a member of or in whose activities you took any part Mr Copland Senator McCarthy to my knowledge I have never knowingly sponsored any Communist front organization The Chairman You have a list before you which list you say was copied from other sources Will you go down that list and first give us the name of the organizations to which you had some affiliation and then you can come back and make any explanations you care to to your own knowledge Mr Copland To my own knowledge the only organization to which I as a member belonged was the National Council of American Soviet Friendship and the American Soviet Music Society The Chairman You used the word belonged Mr Copland As far as I know at this time taking the briefness of time I may have to amend that later The Chairman You say organizations to which you belonged Let s broaden that a bit and say organizations in which you were in any way affiliated either a sponsor of their activities or in any other fashion Mr Copland There is a great distinction in my mind in being a member and signing a paper The Chairman There might be a distinction I want you to answer the question I have asked you to list the organizations those named as Communist fronts with which you were in any way affiliated Then you can explain your affiliations as much as you want to I just want to know the names now Mr Copland I could not under oath with any certainty say that I was a member The Chairman That is not what I asked you Mr Copland Then I haven t understood the question The Chairman I think it is very simple I said any organizations in which you were in any way affiliated Mr Copland As far as I can remember without further study I am not prepared to say that I was affiliated with any but the ones mentioned The Chairman You said with certainty Do you have any reason to believe that you were affiliated with any of the others Mr Copland I have reason to believe that I was a sponsor of a concert devoted to Hanns Eisler s music in 1948 The Chairman In 1948 Mr Copland 1948 The Chairman Anything else Mr Copland Nothing else that I with certainty can The Chairman Not certainty now that you have any reason to believe you were affiliated with any of these other organizations Mr Copland No In view of the shortness of time and the seriousness of this question I am afraid I would have to ask for further time to study and investigate and refresh my mind The Chairman Then at this time you have no recollection of any affiliation with any of the other organizations listed upon the two sheets which I just read into the record Mr Copland No recollection other than the fact that some of these organizations are names that I have seen on occasion The Chairman Did you sign a petition to the attorney general in behalf of Hanns Eisler Mr Copland I may have The Chairman Do you recall whether you did or not Mr Copland Not positively no The Chairman Did you know Hanns Eisler had been named as a Communist agent at that time Mr Copland No I didn t The Chairman When did you first learn that Hanns Eisler had been named as a Communist agent Mr Copland I never heard that he had been named as a Communist agent I never heard that he had been named I knew that he had a reputation in Germany in the twenties of having been a Communist but I understood that was in the past and since his arrival in America and the Rockefeller grant of 20 000 it was my impression that the Communist element in him was in the past The Chairman Did you feel that you knew enough about the Hanns Eisler case to petition the attorney general in his behalf Mr Copland I would have to study what the petition was and think about the problem The Chairman Were you well acquainted with Hanns Eisler Mr Copland No The Chairman Who asked you to sign the petition Mr Copland I have no memory if I did sign it The Chairman This was not too long ago It was reported in the Daily Worker December 17 1947 You say you can t remember whether you signed it or not or who asked you to sign it in 1947 Mr Copland Well that was six years ago I might have been asked to sign it I can t be certain The Chairman In any event your testimony is that you did not know enough about the case to advise the attorney general as to what he should do Mr Copland That is my impression at this time The Chairman So that if you signed it you were either signing it out of sympathy for Eisler the Communist or you were duped into doing it Mr Copland I don t think that is a fair summary of my feeling I have never sympathized with Communists as such My interest in Eisler was purely as a musician I think he is in spite of his political ideas a great musician and my signing of the concert sponsorship was in relation to that feeling The Chairman Concert sponsorship It is the petition I am talking about Do you use the same term so many witnesses use Do you refer to political beliefs do you consider the Communist party as a political party in the American sense Mr Copland In the American sense Not since the designation of the Supreme Court The Chairman Was this a benefit for Eisler at which you appeared on February 28th 1948 Mr Copland I don t remember Pardon me Will you repeat the question The Chairman Did you appear at an Eisler program at Town Hall New York on February 28 1948 Mr Copland No I did not That was purely sponsorship The Chairman Did you sponsor that Mr Copland I was one of the sponsors The Chairman Did you know at that time he was in difficulty with the law enforcement agencies of this country for underground or espionage activities Mr Copland I may have known that but my sponsorship was in terms of music only and him as a musician The Chairman Would you feel today if you knew an outstanding musician who was also a member of the Communist espionage ring would you sponsor a benefit for him Mr Copland Certainly not The Chairman Then do you think it was improper to do it in 1948 Mr Copland 1948 I had no such knowledge in 1948 The Chairman Well if you signed a petition to the attorney general in 1947 Mr Copland Senator McCarthy I didn t say I signed it Mr Cohn Do you think your signature was forged on all these things Mr Copland I don t know The Chairman Do you feel a man using common sense Mr Copland apparently signing the petition to the attorney general advising him what he should do in the Eisler case who was accused of espionage then do you think the following February this was in December that the petition was signed and this was about two months later that you sponsored a benefit for this man you certainly knew of his alleged espionage activities Mr Copland The concert was not a benefit as far as I know and I took no part in the concert other than just sponsor it I didn t deny or affirm signing the petition I said that in relation to all these organizations I must have more time to give consideration to them I have had three days since receiving the telegram and finding myself here I am trying to do my best to remember things I am under oath and want to be cautious The Chairman We will give you a chance to refresh your recollection Do you know whether you were affiliated with the American Committee for Democracy and Intellectual Freedom Mr Copland No I don t The Chairman Did you ever take part in any organization activities concerning the defense of Communist teachers Mr Copland Not that I remember Mr Cohn Were you in sympathy with Communist teachers Mr Copland No I was never in sympathy with Communist teachers Mr Cohn Do you feel Communists should be allowed to teach in our schools Mr Copland I haven t given the matter such thought as to come up with an answer Mr Cohn In other words as of today you don t have any firm thought Mr Copland I would be inclined to allow the faculty of the university to decide that The Chairman Let s say you are on the faculty and are making a designation would you feel Communists should be allowed to teach Mr Copland I couldn t give you a blanket decision on that without knowing the case The Chairman Let s say the teacher is a Communist period Would you feel that is sufficient to bar that teacher from a job as a teacher Mr Copland I certainly think it would be sufficient if he were using his Communist membership to angle his teaching to further the purposes of the Communist party The Chairman You have been a lecturer representing the United States in other nations One of the reasons why we appropriate the money to pay lecturers is to enlighten people as to the American way of life and do something towards combating communism Is it your testimony that you know nothing about the Communist movement or are you fairly well acquainted with the Communist movement Mr Copland It was my understanding that my lectureship was purely a musical assignment The Chairman Answer my question Do you know anything about the Communist movement Mr Copland I know what I read in the newspapers The Chairman Are you a sponsor of the National Conference of the American Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born Mr Copland Not that I know of The Chairman Did you have any connection with the Fifth National Conference of the American Committee for Protection of the Foreign Born held in Atlantic City New Jersey in March 1941 Mr Copland Not at this time I don t recall that The Chairman Do you recall any connection with that conference Mr Copland Not at this time I don t The Chairman As far as you know you had no connection with it at all Mr Copland No The Chairman Just for your information the record shows that as far back as 1941 the program of the Fifth National Conference of the American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born named you as a sponsor Later a letterhead of the New York Committee for Protection of the Foreign Born on January 2 1941 showed you as a sponsor and later in 1943 you were again listed as a sponsor I might say that this organization has been cited by the Attorney General and by the House Un American Activities Committee as one of the oldest auxiliaries of the Communist party in the United States Does that refresh your recollection Mr Copland May I point out that there is a notation here that it was cited in 1948 which is I believe seven years after the dates you just quoted The Chairman Mr Copland the date of citation is not important It is no more important than the date a man was convicted of robbing a bank The question that is important is whether or not you participated in robbing the bank not whether another man participated in robbing the bank and was convicted Any man with normal intelligence knows it is wrong to rob a bank Even before the citations it is sometimes known that the organization is a Communist front a front for the Communist party Mr Copland As far as I know The Chairman I am not criticizing you for joining these organizations You may have been so naive that you didn t know they were Communist controlled or you may have done it purposely but I can t believe that this very long list used your name time after time as a sponsor of all these outstanding fronts I can t believe that they forged your name to these petitions borrowed your name unlawfully time after time However I am only interested in knowing why they selected you as a lecturer when we have many other people available as lecturers May I say to you there is nothing illegal as far as I know about belonging to Communist fronts and there is nothing illegal about accepting employment no matter how sympathetic you were I am not saying you were There is nothing illegal about accepting employment in the information program but we must find out why a man of this tremendous activity in Communist fronts would be selected Mr Copland May I reply on two points I think I was selected because of the fact that my employment as a lecturer had nothing to do with anything but music The Chairman If you were a member of the Communist party let s assume you were and you were selected to lecture you would be bound to try wherever you could to sell the Communist idea wouldn t you Mr Copland No doubt Mr Chairman So that I believe you and I would agree that in selecting a lecturer even though they are an outstanding musician before we put our stamp of approval on them we should find out whether they are a Communist or sympathetic to the Communist cause Is that right Mr Copland Well I would certainly hesitate to send abroad a man who is a Communist sympathizer or a Communist in order to lecture My impression was that my political opinions no matter how vague they may have been were not in question as far as the Department of State was concerned I assume if they had been in question I would have had some kind of going over The reason I am so vague about these various organizations is because my relationship if any was so vague It was not a question of my going to meetings or being active in any way I am active in many ways music organizations They are things which my whole life has been devoted to and these organizations such as they are when I see the word sponsor entertainer supporter or protestor to me that means that I got a penny postcard and sent it in and that is why my memory of it is so vague That is why I think this list even if I were what this list said I was connected with as a sponsor it would give a false impression of the situation of myself as a man and as a citizen and that is why I think the State Department wasn t worried The Chairman You were never asked about any of these Communist front activities Mr Copland Not to my memory The Chairman I may say for your information you did get security clearance Mr Copland Did I really How does one get security clearance The Chairman You knew the New Masses was a Communist paper I suppose Mr Copland I knew Communists wrote for it The Chairman And Communist controlled Mr Copland I didn t know it was Communist controlled The Chairman Did you know there were a lot of Communists in it Mr Copland I knew there was a considerable number The Chairman Do you know now that it is Communist controlled Mr Copland I would suspect it The Chairman Did you judge contests for the New Masses Mr Copland Well I don t know The Chairman Do you recall judging any contest for the New Masses Mr Copland I may have The Chairman You don t remember 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    be found here The pilot Bomb Aimer J Cole and the rest of the crew of the Lancaster are listed as Missing Believed Killed In Action in Flight magazing Oct 14 1944 If anyone still has any doubts about the horror of war they should look at the lists of loses in that archived page of the weekly magazine The posting date for these photos has been deliberately misstated so they do not appear among current posts in Nov 2009 Posted by Pliable at Thursday June 10 2004 No comments Links to this post Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels raf uassaf Newer Posts Home Subscribe to Posts 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Dean Dixon - I owe him a huge debt
    was first known as the American Negro conductor Dean Dixon then the American conductor Dean Dixon and at last as the conductor Dean Dixon Those simple words the conductor Dean Dixon say it all His musical achievements transcend everything else David Sudlow is quite right we owe him a huge debt Dean Dixon was the first African American to conduct the New York Philharmonic Now read about the Berlin Philharmonic s first African American conductor and first woman conductor Additional Dean Dixon resources Africanafrican com Culturebus com Mychurch com The African American Registry Wikipedia BBC Symphony Orchestra by Nicholas Kenyon ISBN 0563176172 out of print Header photo is by Wolfgang Sievers and is copyright National Library of Australia 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 Wednesday October 29 2008 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels australia black history month classical music dean dixon douglas moore edward macdowell gustavo dudamel henry cowell racism sydney symphony orchestra william glock william grant still 5 comments JW said Thanks for this poignant tribute I never got to see him but I was able to acquire some recordings which in my opinion show him to be a master The pictures are telling they seem to reek with Dixon s joy in making music Dean Dixon should be on an American postage stamp 2 43 am La Danse de Puck said JW you re right A commemorative stamp should be issued I have a short write up in Spanish on Dean Dixon here http ladansedepuck blogspot com 2009 03 los directores x html You have to scroll down the page to see it Hope you can understand it Wanted to compliment Pliable on the photos used in this particular write up 6 33 pm barbara said When I was about 10 years old around 1947 I attended a series of music appreciation classes given by Dean Dixon in a private home in Queens NY It was a wonderful experience It was in conjunction with those classes that I probably attended my first live orchestral concert at Needletrades High School in NY conducted by Mr Dixon The last time I saw him was one summer when he conducted the NY Philharmonic in Central Park A wonderful man Died much too young 4 02 pm Åke Malm said He was the real introducer in my life to great music when he conducted the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in the 50s I was a young boy then and got a free ticket for the School concerts in our famous Concert Hall He made a great pedagogic show and introduced us to Benjamin Britten s The young persons guide to the orchestra But also I remember did a funny show

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