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  • On An Overgrown Path: A bit more Mann and a little less boy, please
    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 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Overpaid, over-talking and overrated
    w h auden 1 comment Pliable said That is William Burroughs with Brion Gysin in the YouTube still 3 00 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 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: What is a classical musician supposed to look like?
    the musician is wearing or where he is playing but rather on the establishment of a mystical link from the performer forward to his audience and back to the composer The key question is not what is a musician supposed to look like but from where does this teaching come and who transmitted it Classical music can learn a lot from other knowledge traditions as this quote from Lama Jampa Thaye Dr David Stott shows It is important that we begin first with some study of the history of this spiritual tradition because one of the most characteristic features of Tibetan Buddhism is its stress on the notion of lineage This means the sequence of transmission of the teachings from one generation of practicioners to the next For these teachings to be spiritually efficacious for them to have the capacity to transform us they must not have degenerated into mere words or slogans They must be endowed with the power to awaken insight into the true nature of mind as they were first given by Buddha Only the unbroken transmission from teacher to disciple can guarantee this continuation of power because only those who have mastered the teachings are able to transmit them That is why in order for us to have confidence that a tradition and a teaching can work particularly for us as modern Westerners we need first of all to ask From where does this teaching come and who transmitted it More on classical music and transmission in The sound of no hands clapping Quote is from Way of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Jampa Thaye 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 04 2011 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels buddhism eric satie john cage lama jampa thate olivier messiaen pierre boulez Pierre Arnaud Dablemont scott ross No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Analogue alchemy for audiophiles
    at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Sunday July 03 2011 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Robert Irwin vinyl No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: What price music journalism?
    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 Analogue alchemy for audiophiles What price music journalism Columns of jazz soaring upwards June 29

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Columns of jazz soaring upwards
    Skip James wymondham abbey No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Philippa Schuyler - genius or genetic experiment?
    in miscegenation reinvented herself as a white performer using the Iberian American name Felipa Monterro Schuyler and successfully applied for a Portugese passport using this identity The photo below shows Philippa in Istanbul on one of her concert tours in 1953 Her black father had made the extraordinary political journey from moderate left to the extreme right In his later years George Schuyler was described by a Harlem friend as politically to the right of Barry Goldwater and he finally fell from grace after writing a front page article for an ultra conservative newspaper condemning the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Martin Luther King What is even more extraordinary is that his daughter followed him on that journey and as part of the plan to establish herself as a white performer went on the John Birch Society lecture circuit using her Felipa identity to talk on subjects such Red terror in Angola and Central America In April 1963 Felipa Monterro Schuyler made her recital debut in Switzerland to mixed reviews and then followed a sequence of events that would be comic if they were not so tragic After her white debut in Europe she returned to America as Philippa Schuyler to make a recording and receive an award as a black woman of achievement She then returned to Europe where she played as the white Felipa in Italy and France before crossing the border into Germany where she changed identity again and appeared as the black Philippa Schuyler At this point it must have been apparent even to Philippa and her mother that her career as a pianist and composer had reached an impasse Philippa had discovered the vocation of political journalist when she found herself in the Congo in 1960 as the country lurched towards independence As well as a journalist she was a prolific author whose output included a semi apocryphal autobiography two novels non fiction books on the Congo and Vietnam and a feminist tract Her new career as a journalist was confirmed when she returned to the Congo to report with United Press International accreditation Then in 1966 she was invited by the US Ambassador in South Vietnam to play for wounded troops and was also retained as a correspondent by the ultra conservative Manchester Union Leader that had published her father s infamous condemnation of Martin Luther King Philippa Schuyler returned to Vietnam in spring 1967 where despite supporting US involvement in Vietnam and her accreditation as a journalist to a notably right wing newspaper she attracted the attention of American intelligence officers The attitudes that she found among the American forces on her second visit reignited her oppositiion to racism and this was expressed in her second novel Dau Tranh The heroine Jeanette who is modeled on Philippa is the child of a white and a black parent Her dilemna is lucidly expressed in this extract Her skin was light enough for her to be accepted as second class white in Rhodesia Kenya or South Africa and its color made no difference in Europe But to Americans it was the most important of all characteristics It categorised one as a person to be insulted to be treated as a pariah to be deprived of respect in all deeper human relationships The same white Americans who were supposed to be bringing democracy to Vietnam were incapable of practicing it themselves in any context that went deeper than the superficial Philippa gave a recital on South Vietnamese television on April 15 1967 The programme consisted of her piano transcriptions of Gershwin s Rhapsody in Blue and American in Paris Copland s Scherzo humoristique and her own composition Normandie On May 9 1967 she was travelling on a US military helicopter to Da Nang on her way back to America for a recital in New York s Town Hall When it was ten miles from its destination the Lycoming UH 1D crashed into Da Nang Bay capsized and sank Three of the sixteen personnel on board perished the dead were an American soldier a young Vietnamese orphan and Philippa Schuyler An accident investigation board was unable to find a satisfactory explanation as to why the helicopter crashed on what should have been a routine flight Philippa was 36 when she died and was the second woman journalist to be killed in Vietnam She was buried in her favourite gold concert gown and President and Mrs Johnson sent a basket of red and white flowers to the funeral Two years later her mother Josephine Schuyler hung herself That is the story of Philippa Schuyler all of which is in the public domain and much of it drawn from the the definitive Composition in Black and White the life of Philippa Schuyler by Kathryn Talalay It is a powerful and moving story But as I retold it I was very aware of the dangers of slipping into the rhetoric of undiscovered genius and neglected masterpiece I was also aware that if my appreciation ended at this point it would fail to answer the question posed in my headline Philippa Schuyler genius or genetic experiment What was missing was the music and the apparently insurmountable problem was that there are no catalogue CDs of her as pianist or composer and the only scores are at Syracuse University see below At which point Grammy winner violinist pianist conductor champion of the musically marginalised and African American John McLaughlin Williams enters the story When I was first planning this feature I emailed John asking if he knew of any recordings of Philippa Schuyler s music John replied no but said his mother had an autographed score of some of Philippa s piano teaching pieces Thinking nothing ventured nothing gained I then put the crazy idea to John that he record some of Philippa Schuyler s music for piano as part of my anniversary tribute And that was what John agreed to do Sadly we will not be able to hear

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Did BBC derail career of black conductor?
    dot uk Posted by Pliable at Tuesday August 16 2011 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 2011 BBC Proms columbia artists management everett lee kazem abdullah Philippa Schuyler rudolph dunbar sir colin davis 3 comments Philip Amos said Bob I ve just had s shufti at Google Book Search There are quite a few mentions of Dunbar and these overall gave me no great confidence in the accuracy of those works Two of them had the idea he became conductor in chief of the BPO after Borchard s death and one of those thought he was a pianist However I did make note of Rudolph Dunbar by Lambert Surhone et al 110 pages and apparently from Wiki articles if I understood the blurb correctly I can t think that is really the case but who knows Published by VDM Verlag in 2010 And then Black Conductors by D Antoinette Handy apparently a collective biography with Dunbar included Published by Scarecrow Press 1995 The snippet visible in GBS does mention that there is much Dunbar memorabilia at Yale I was able to see a little more of Analyzing Performance a critical reader by Patrick Campbell Manchester U P 1995 That glimpse mentions racism as part of Dunbar s problems in the U K There is then an anecdote about Sargent saying to Harold Holt Whos is this Dunbar Have you seen him conduct To which HH replied that he hadn t seen Toscanini but he d invited him to conduct in London The problem I have with this is the author s reflexive assumption that Sargent s words to Holt were the product of reflexive racism Any conductor hearing that someone he d never heard of was going to conduct his orchestra might say the same And Sargent after all did much to promote Avril Coleridge Taylor in the 30s and 40s a conductor of mixed race AND a woman Although and just a short digression here I ve noticed over time that conductors active from that period including Szell and others of that ilk were strikingly accepting of woman conductors The problem lay elsewhere now where might that be Hope this is of interest I think we ll track down that BBC man eventually 2 07 pm Pliable said How many black conductors at the BBC Proms http www overgrownpath com 2011 07 how many black conductors at bbc proms html 5 24 pm Kevin Scott said There is one more African American musician who started out as a clarinetist and progressed to conducting namely Leslie Dunner who from time to time still performs as a clarinetist but for the most part has conducted many orchestras here in America and abroad One would have hoped that his inroads would have led him to conduct in England but to my knowledge he has not been there yet Ditto many other conductors including Julius Williams Andre Raphel Kirk Smith and of all surprises Anton Armstrong

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