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  • On An Overgrown Path: Great Wagnerian who does not spin the Ring
    the planet killing warriors In the melee that ensued in the following days I almost got banned by the Guardian one of the proudest moments of my life 12 12 am Pliable said Watching Watchmen at the weekend there was a piece of intertextual film music ography that tickled me In one of the movie s many flashbacks there s a scene in the Vietnam war with Dr Manhattan in gigantic God of destruction form rather than his human size Blue Man Group incarnation administering the final blow in Vietnam while the Comedian murders a few children and soldiers along the way The music Wagner s Ride of the Valkyries It s an association of image story and score nicked straight from Francis Ford Coppola s Apocalypse Now when Robert I love the smell of napalm in the morning Duvall as Colonel Kilgore geddit leads his flight of death giving helicopters to destroy a Viet Cong village blaring the Wagner from on board speakers That is the start of the Tom Service piece referred to above For more of the same and some very intersting comments follow this link http www guardian co uk music tomserviceblog 2009 mar 10 watchmen valkyrie apocalypse 7 24 am Philip said Ah yes I remember it well I was Chrysostom on that battlefield though I can t recall why I used a screen name for commenting in the Guardian rather than my own as per usual But never mind Reviewing it now I was pleased to see that I made the point and bluntly that the issue was not Tom Service and his notion that Wagner s Valkyries are angels of death scouring the world for warriors to kill but rather the distressing decline in the quality of music journalism and writing on the arts in general Cardus to Service I also noted that A C Douglas not a man given to sudden and fanciful enthusiasms seconded me on that quite heartily And then the editor Andrew Dickson arrived with admonitions a ban for Mr Douglas and a lovely post modernist conclusion surely it is a matter of interpretation what the Valkyries exact role is BBC Radio 3 will I suppose make this abysmal state of things into a sort of national standard The worst journalists and bloggers it co opts by dipping into its very weighty bag of goodies because they fit in well with Radio 3 s own standards and so also they try to co opt the best often with success because they live in mortal fear that they may one day train their critical faculties full bore on Radio 3 itself And so I wasn t surprised to find Dr Service occasionally is on there nor to learn that Mr Lebrecht will be There are only two music blogs in Britain as I review in my mind those I m pretty well acquainted with that I know are untarnished by all this and only one I can think of that

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  • On An Overgrown Path: A gritty and angry new symphony
    an heir awaits in the form of Richard Desmond whose media interests include not only the Daily Express but also the celebrity magazine OK the Channel 5 TV station and a slew of adult TV channels And there has been a strange absence of discussion about how the BBC stands to benefit from the collapse of Murdoch s British empire As the current revelations are revealing our police media and political leaders not only failed to stop the News International virus they helped spread it Exposing the rot was left to a few courageous individual activists notably Labour MPs Tom Watson and Chris Bryant and Guardian journalist Nick Davies An Overgrown Path reader recently lamented the disappearance of musicians with a conscience In fact they are still around But just as with other activists you need to look outside the commercial intermediary complex to find them Take a bow John Joubert Dutton and all those involved in this brave and inspiring new CD John Joubert s website is here Composer portrait above is c Graham Boulton Dutton Epoch CD of John Joubert s Second Symphony was supplied as a requested review sample 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 Also on Facebook and Twitter V1 1 20 7 Augean stables correction Posted by Pliable at Tuesday July 19 2011 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Alan Paton BBC dmitri shostakovich Dutton John Joubert Martin Yates Paul Dacre Richard Desmond rupert murdoch south africa william walton 4 comments JMW said Fascinating background Pliable With thoughts of Shostakovich s 11th and the powerful motivation of Sharpeville for Joubert I began to wonder if there is a corollary American work Nothing comes to mind as yet 2 44 pm Susan said Augean stables surely Or was it an intentionally mixed metaphor Yours pedantically Hercules 7 03 am Pliable said Susan if I was David Cameron I would say it was an intentionally mixed metaphor and blame it on Andy Coulson But thankfully I am not So I will admit it was a stupid mistake by me Thanks for pointing it out and a correction has now been made No excuse at all but a quick search reveals I am not the only one to make that mistake http webcache googleusercontent com search q cache 6MfH8mbZRmoJ www shvoong com books mythology ancient literature 248007 greek myths what are stygian stables cd 1 hl en ct clnk gl uk source www google co uk Yours pedantically not at all After watching the House Select Committee hearing yesterday we definitely need more pedants 8 56 am Pliable said Via Twitter DavidUnderdown9 overgrownpath can t seem to comment on blog Mask of Time done in 1999 http t co d3vK0tX

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Classical music beyond Twitter
    available Background image source Wikipedia Commons 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 Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Monday July 18 2011 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 2011 BBC Proms classical music havergal brian robert simpson social media twitter william glock 6 comments Pliable said And the child consumes the father This post is starting to go viral via this eloquent tweet If you give 100 chimpanzees instruments and broadcast the result 95 of Twitter users will give a rave review http j mp pxM4N2 http twitter com musikFabrik statuses 92896031045464064 11 08 am Frank H Little said Glock may have suspected many of the composers on both lists of not being serious by virtue of writing for films or other popular media Reizenstein wrote for Hoffnung as well the Concerto Popolare which the BBC is currently trailing Even some of the modernists like RR Bennett and Humphrey Searle may have incurred disapproval from the Herr Doktor because of this dabbling 11 53 am Pliable said Quite so Frank But did not one very much Glock approved composer write the Accompaniment to a Film Scene Begleitungssik zu einer Lichtspielszene Op 34 11 58 am Steve Freeman said I don t mind the Twitter thing so much and this sort of rare event is the perfect target for building up a buzz What I am missing I now realise is some Tippet It s almost 30 years since we saw The Mask of Time at the Proms a much more significant piece Time to build up an online campaign 4 56 pm Pliable said Steve you are right and the neglect of Tippett s Symphonies is also puzzling http www overgrownpath com 2009 11 tippett in focus html 5 30 pm Carl said I listened to the second half on a a freeview television set It was interesting to note that the BBC s screen text gave the name of the piece and the composer and a plug for the proms website but did not mention any of the performers not even Martyn Brabbins whose control of the vast forces was simply astonishing However the blurb did single out one important name for special mention On a page all by itself it said presented by Tom Service What a strange sense of priorities 9 34 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Please welcome the citizen music journalists
    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 Symphonic musicians against specialisation Bach the specialists would never allow that How many black conductors at the BBC Proms Orchestras unable to play a Mozart symphony Specialisation is damaging classical music From Carmen Jones to Arvo Part and beyond Is classical music too lean and mean I don t believe in Negro symphony conductors Boredom and the lost art of listening I simply do not want sensationalism Buddhist lama takes the rap Contemporary music uncovered In a nutshell Slowly and inexorably he parted from his fellows Drowned in a fusion sauce I want to comment and like on Facebook but Great Wagnerian who does not spin the Ring A gritty and angry new symphony Classical music beyond Twitter Please welcome the citizen music journalists Havergal Brian a spurious glamour Two little known Arvo Part premieres Dvorak will never sound the same again A tale of two standards Echoes of Stenhammar BBC Radio 3 whose hand on the balance control Just give me the facts Have celebrity musicians passed their sell by date Aldeburgh is the problem celebrity new music In praise of twitter Scrub all hatred from your breast CDs that should be in every medicine cabinet A bit more Mann and a little less boy please Overpaid over talking and overrated What is a classical musician supposed to look like

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Havergal Brian - a spurious glamour?
    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 Symphonic musicians against specialisation Bach the specialists would never allow that How many black conductors at the BBC Proms Orchestras unable to play a Mozart symphony Specialisation is damaging classical music From Carmen Jones to Arvo Part and beyond Is classical music too lean and mean I don t believe in Negro symphony conductors Boredom and the lost art of listening I simply do not want sensationalism Buddhist lama takes the rap Contemporary music uncovered In a nutshell Slowly and inexorably he parted from his fellows Drowned in a fusion sauce I want to comment and like on Facebook but Great Wagnerian who does not spin the Ring A gritty and angry new symphony Classical music beyond Twitter Please welcome the citizen music journalists Havergal Brian a spurious glamour Two little known Arvo Part premieres Dvorak will never sound the same again A tale of two standards Echoes of Stenhammar BBC Radio

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Two little-known Arvo Part premieres
    Fallible machine translation here http translate google com translate js n prev t hl en ie UTF 8 layout 2 eotf 1 sl fr tl en u http 3A 2F 2Fwww lexpress fr 2Fculture 2Fmusique 2Fjordi savall ou les liens du son 1011562 html iTunes podcast of my 2008 radio interview in English here http phobos apple com WebObjects MZStore woa wa viewPodcast id 269102376 2 30 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 Symphonic musicians against specialisation Bach the specialists would never allow that How many black conductors at the BBC Proms Orchestras unable to play a Mozart symphony Specialisation is damaging classical music From Carmen Jones to Arvo Part and beyond Is classical music too lean and mean I don t believe in Negro symphony conductors Boredom and the lost art of listening I simply do not want sensationalism Buddhist lama takes the rap Contemporary music uncovered In a nutshell Slowly and inexorably he parted from

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Dvorak will never sound the same again
    is If you liked my recent post about István Kertész s recordings of the Dvořák symphonies you can thank Cherifa Kersit Because after spending some time appreciating her tamawayt style I heard Dvořák s music with a freshness and clarity that was quite revelatory So at just 4 14 for the MP3 download why not give Berber Blues a try I guarantee Dvořák will never sound the same again Cherifa Kersit did not attend school and as explained above this still happens today to many girls in rural Morocco Education For All is an NGO that provides the opportunity of a college education for girls from rural Moroccan communities Three boarding houses making secondary education available for around 100 girls have been built by them in the High Atlas region around Marrakech More on Education for All s invaluable work and how you can help here In a wonderful example of inclusivity Berber Blues is on Long Distance the label that also released Daan Vandewalle s recording of Alvin Curran s Inner Cities Back in 2007 I webcast this contemporary epic for solo piano all 4 hours 24 minutes of it And in another wonderful example of inclusivity Montserrat Figueras and Jordi Saval l perform a Berber lullaby on their exquisite album Ninna Nanna My earlier post I am in an even larger prison touches on the contradictions of contemporary Morocco as experienced in Essaouira This city is home to many Tashelhiyt speaking Chleuh Berbers whose region stretches from Essaouira south to beyond Agadir The conundrum that is Morocco is also illustrated by Tahar Ben Jelloun considered by many to be Morocco s greatest living author he is viewed by others as being anti Amazigh As a change from the numerous videos of Gnawa musicians follow this link to a wonderfully authentic example of the oral tradition of the Maghreb as practiced by a Chleuh Berber poet in a souk More Berber music in my Chance from the souk system post and linked podcast My photo below was taken in the Berber village of Tamraght in southern Morocco and by chance captures the gender inequality that still exists across the country Thanks go to Hassan Said Mohamed Brendan and our other friends who invited us into their homes in Tamraght and to friends in Essaouira Marrakech and elsewhere We will be back Berber Blues was bought online Footer photo is c On An Overgrown Path 2011 Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Also on Facebook and Twitter V1 1 amended 16 7 to correct error with date of founding of IRCAM Berber cultural institute Posted by Pliable at Friday July 15 2011 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alvin curran anton dvorak berber Cherifa Kersit istvan kertez jordi savall montserrat figueras Morocco peter brook Tahar Ben Jelloun world music 2 comments Pliable said Trivia the dot in the water to the right of the

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  • On An Overgrown Path: A tale of two standards
    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 Symphonic musicians against specialisation Bach the specialists would never allow that How many black conductors at the BBC Proms Orchestras unable to play a Mozart symphony Specialisation is damaging classical music From Carmen Jones to Arvo Part and beyond Is classical music too lean and mean I don t believe in Negro symphony conductors Boredom and the lost art of listening I simply do not want sensationalism Buddhist lama takes the rap Contemporary music uncovered In a nutshell Slowly and inexorably he parted from his fellows Drowned in a fusion sauce I want to comment and like on Facebook but Great Wagnerian who does not spin the Ring A gritty and angry new symphony Classical music beyond Twitter Please welcome the citizen music journalists Havergal Brian a spurious glamour Two little known Arvo Part premieres Dvorak will never sound the same again A tale of two standards Echoes of Stenhammar BBC Radio 3 whose hand on the balance control Just give me the facts Have celebrity musicians passed their sell by date Aldeburgh is the problem celebrity new music In praise of twitter Scrub all hatred

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