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  • On An Overgrown Path: BBC and the overlooked black conductor
    to Cambridge Footlights and Cambridge Arts Theatre to see if the score for Dance of the Twenty First Century is in an archive somewhere and will keep you posted Can any readers assist in the search Because I have a dream Also on Facebook and Twitter 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 August 17 2011 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels BBC dean dixon Dominique René de Lerma everett lee fisk university Philippa Schuyler rudolph dunbar 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 The society which is not diverse is less beautiful Hints of Penderecki Ligeti and Stimmung Does anyone else sense a coded message BBC

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Are classical audiences racist? – no, quite the opposite
    wife was one of the few if not the only non white attending Yet there was no racism either overt or nuanced among the audience at that 1973 Festival Hall concert There was no racism at Karajan s summer Salzburg Festival concerts There was no racism when Donald McIntyre sung Wotan at Longborough There was no racism at Sir Adrian Boult s last BBC Prom There was no racism at the premiere of David Hockney s Glyndebourne Die Zauberflöte There was no racism at Riccardo Muti s Salzburg debut There was no racism when Rostropovich played at Aldeburgh There was no racism when a young Simon Rattle brought the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Mahler s Tenth Symphony to the Festival Hall And there was no racism when Domingo sung in La Fanciulla del West at Covent Garden In fact neither of us can recall a hint of racism among any audience at a classical concert That is my wife in the photo with that great transculturalist Jordi Savall She has experienced racial prejudice first hand away from the concert hall But when I discussed the Evening Standard story about racism among concert audiences with her she observed Racism among the audience no in fact quite the opposite Discrimination on grounds of race and colour is a truly terrible thing and undoubtedly it lingers on in some areas of classical music so it is good that books like Soul Music are drawing attention to it But in our experience classical audiences are not where we should be pointing the finger Also on Facebook and Twitter Header photo is c On An Overgrown Path 2012 Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Monday July 16 2012 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels adrian boult candace allen guyana herbert von karajan jordi savall riccardo muti rudolph dunbar 2 comments The Wound Dresser said what a lovely post and picture 5 57 pm Pliable said Those much derided tweeters seem to be following the path on this one http twitter com CrossEyedPiano status 224920521215717376 7 57 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 The mysticism of sound and music Delicious irony in choice of Olympic anthem More on classical

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  • On An Overgrown Path: What will life be like for classical music after the internet?
    of a vast readership doesn t mean a meaningful readership doesn t exist because that readership does exist I read your blog as others do You may of course decide that you can no longer justify the investment you make in your site because the size of your readership is too small or because the level of engagement within your readership has disappointed but ascribing these failings to social media s insidious influence or to a broader demise of the web s potential misses the mark I think The truth is that yours is a wonderfully erudite blog unlikely to draw the attention of large crowds and technology however amplifying will not change that In vast fields of clover yours is a four leaf clover only noticed when purposefully sought Please know that those who seek out what you generously lay out for them are most grateful and that your words do make a difference though the nature of the difference might not be readily apparent 3 17 pm Dave MacD said I m sorry to see another voice leave the web but with backwards thinking posts like this I m unsubscribing anyway Sorry Bob I really like a lot of the things you write about here but the last few weeks and months of anti tech posts have really pushed me away Also Elaine I m pretty sure that people over 50 are one of the largest user groups for Facebook today and that number is only growing on Twitter 10 42 pm Pliable said Dave did you bother to read the sources before dismissing the views here as backward thinking I very much doubt it because elsewhere you dismiss the well reasoned views of Andrew Keen as facile minded gibberish while admitting you haven t even made the effort to read them If you had extracted your head from the sand of the Internet for just a few minutes to digest Hossein Derakhshan s thoughtful and important Guardian article you would have read the following Minority views are radicalised when they can t be heard or engaged with That s how Isis is recruiting and growing The stream suppresses other types of unconventional ideas too with its reliance on our habits The prominence of the stream today doesn t just make vast chunks of the internet biased against quality it also means a deep betrayal to the diversity that the world wide web had originally envisioned The ego ridden vacuity of the online world is epitomised by you publicly throwing your toys out of your pram and declaring that you are unsubscribing Do you really think anyone actually cares about that 9 08 am A C Douglas said Saddened to read this Pliable but not at all surprised I ve commented several time on S F about the slow death of the blogosphere due principally to the rise of the likes of Facebook which I refuse to join and Twitter which I did join mostly to link to

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  • On An Overgrown Path: That’s the state of the record business
    there is a horde of other commenters who go after him regularly and as above not with the formality of language and argument I m accustomed to using I think he said I am spammed out which suggests he doesn t have a clue what that term means because I did indeed do what I say above over a period of time I let no unmitigated piffle pass without a corrective and a statement of just what is going on here Yet it makes no difference I just about wigged out when he wrote a few days ago that he d been working with an orchestra on a Mahler symphony Anyone who s read his book on Mahler will know what I m talking about How does this happen Power the power of a freelance writer some of whom are very good but others hardly so because they make their income by writing anything whatsoever and like the tabloid papers cultivating contacts who co operate in return for guaranteed coverage always positive I do believe this is what is termed a hack Another egregious example is Duchen s interviews cum restaurant reviews in Amati Magazine Oh the sycophancy If the world had not gone insane these past few years the era of post education NL might now be well placed as music critic of the Daily Mirror or News of the World At the heart of this comment is the observation that freelance writers are a large part of the general problem Almost anything Lebrecht or Duchen et al write has a quid pro quo behind it Thence comes their network of contacts the real source of their power and I m damned if I know what to do about it I am happy I got banned though a pretty sure indication my comments were hitting home even if to no avail 10 17 pm Pliable said Yes Philip I have had considerable difficulty remaining silent about those editor s lunches Suffice it to say reading about Beethoven s Violin Sonatas being discussed over the lightest possible pumpkin mousse topped with basil oil burnished crunchy toasted pumpkin seeds and crystals of ginger in a sleek contemporary French restaurant made me want to vomit 7 52 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 Why do we still not believe in Negro symphony cond That s the state of the record business Classical music and the catastrophe of abundance Reddit before going to bed Roll up Roll up for the magical mystery tour Mawlid at Abbey Road A synthesiser orchestra of Wagnerian scale Why you should never believe music industry expert The unacceptable and arbitrary control exercised b Young gifted black and inappropriate What makes a good performer Is this Mahler s Eleventh Symphony Another composer from the twilight zone Sinfini Music and collateral

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Classical music and the catastrophe of abundance
    Spotify and Pandora that are destroying the livelihoods of independent musicians Yes the Internet did change everything in the music industry Music is indeed abundant And that s been the catastrophe of the last quarter There is also too much of the wrong kind of music but that s another story No review samples used in this post Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Tuesday December 29 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Andrew Keen Association of British Orchestras 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 Why do we still not believe in Negro symphony cond That s the state of the record business Classical music and the catastrophe of abundance Reddit before going to bed Roll up Roll up for the magical mystery tour Mawlid at Abbey Road A synthesiser orchestra of Wagnerian scale Why you should never believe music industry expert The unacceptable and arbitrary control exercised b Young gifted black and inappropriate What makes a good performer Is this Mahler s Eleventh Symphony Another composer from the twilight zone Sinfini Music and collateral damage Early musician who could have become a great condu The fall of the leaf If you lay down a solid groove they will come Music demands some effort from the listener My young pianist of the year Survival of the quietest Thinking outside the control box November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Reddit before going to bed
    read Which means welcome to the brave new world of chance journalism It is another irony that the largest investor in Reddit is Advance Publications which is also the home of The New Yorker for which the acknowledged exemplar of quality music journalism Alex Ross writes Let me leave the last words to Andrew Keen The pace of this change in our libertarian age is bewilderingly fast so fast indeed that most of us while enjoying the Internet s convenience remain nervous about this belief system s violent impact on society Without permission entrepreneurs like Reddit co founder Alexis Ohanian crow about a disruptive economy in which a couple of smart kids in a dorm room can wreck an entire industry employing hundreds of thousands of people With our permission I say As we all step into this brave new digital world our challenge is to shape our networking tools before they shape us It is worth noting that Andrew Keen points out that 78 of the 204 million emails sent every minute are spam No review samples used in this post Header image source is Global Security website Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Sunday December 27 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Advance Publications alex ross Alexis Ohanian Andrew Keen berlin philharmonic gerhard taschner Reddit robert heger 3 comments Pliable said As an aside it is worth noting that Andrew Keen points out that 78 of the 204 million emails sent every minute are spam 12 17 pm Dave MacD said I don t normally post comments here but I ll make an exception because the tone of this post is so offensive to me There are lots of things you can lament about the Internet but a decline in the quality of creative content defined broadly is not among them Yes if you give everyone a printing press you re going to get a lot of garbage but you re going to get a lot more good stuff as well Sites like Reddit are a way for people to find and share the things that interest them There is nothing wrong with the fact that one of your posts was surfaced and the others weren t That post was something that a handful of people found interesting That s the only conclusion you can draw It s not saying that people voted it the best or didn t care about your other writing or anything like that It doesn t even say that a majority of Redditors found it valuable There were a few thousand people who like it That s it You can t wish away cultural movements You re just shaking your fist at the weather I ve not read Andrew Keen so I won t speak about his writing as

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Roll up! Roll up for the magical mystery tour!
    fever and died on 3 December 1552 aged 46 His body was taken first to Malacca for burial but was eventually interred in Goa at the Basilica of Bom Jesús In 1622 Pope Gregory XV canonized Francis Xavier together with Ignatius Loyola Although Saint Francis Xavier also took the Christian message to Japan Malacca and the Maluku Islands he is most closely associated with India His work in bringing the Christian message to the subcontinent continues today and one of the central figures in Hindu Christian dialogue has a connection to today s concert In 1950 Swami Abhishiktananda a French Benedictine monk previously known as Henri Le Saux founded the ashram of Shantivanam in Tamil Nadu State Swami Abhishiktananda was a close friend and associate of Raimon Panikkar An authority on comparative religion and an advocate of inter religious dialogue Raimon Panikkar 1918 2010 was born in Spain to an Indian Hindu father and a Spanish Catholic mother Panikkar s views on comparative religion influenced several of the multicultural projects created by Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras including Route to the Orient and Panikkar provided an accompanying essay for their 2007 recording of Haydn s Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze The Society of Jesus was born of a disenchantment with changing Western values just as the journey by the 20th century Intrepids to the Orient was fuelled by disenchantment Their respective encounters with Eastern spirituality however had a very different impact The exposure of 20th century Intrepids to Eastern spiritual traditions resulted in one of their most valuable legacies the building of bridges between Eastern and Western religions Sadly despite the saint like efforts of Ramon Panikkar and Swami Abhishiktananda the Catholic church has been less welcoming to Eastern spiritual traditions For this reason we must beware of viewing Francis Xavier s journey to the Orient through rose tinted glasses The missionary refers to pagan Hindus in his journal and in an otherwise admiring biography Jesuit Father James Broderick laments Francis Xavier s woefully inadequate views about Indian religion and civilization The role of Francis Xavier in precipitating the Goa Inquisition which was enforced by the Portuguese eight years after he died is still debated But there is evidence that he was aware of the brutality of the Inquisition which started on the Iberian Peninsula some years before he sailed for Goa and it is known that he encouraged the King of Portugal to impose the Inquisition in Goa The Inquisition punished apostate New Christians the Hindus and Muslims who had converted to Catholicism and were suspected of secretly practising their ancestral religions and it also punished lapsed Portuguese settlers who were cradle Catholics More than 16 000 people were tried by the Inquisition in Goa it is known that 57 were put to death while others were burned in effigy The Jesuits played a key role in the Counter Reformation a period of strict conformity from which came the Roman Inquisition and the Index Librorum Prohibitorum

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Mawlid at Abbey Road
    many Western listeners The resemblance seems strengthened by the almost complete absence of polyphony In keeping with the almost universal tradition in Islamic music the voices soar and descend on a single line the unison receiving only occasional complexity from a deliberate inconsistency in the duration of some of the notes But here the resemblance to plainchant ends abruptly The sound of the monks is redolent of shadowy Gothic spaces and like the Gothic style which it inhabits proposes a world of darkness to which the sacraments alone can bring light There is a mysterious quality to Gregorian chant which is profoundly foreign to these Muslim Syrian sounds with their insistent often exuberant syncopations The root of the difference is in the last analysis theological Islam has no doctrine of original sin and its arts and music do not emerge de profundis but form part of the larger song of creation Have you not seen says the Koran that God is hymned with praise by all who are in the heavens and the earth and the birds in their flight Each knows its prayer and its form of praise The Muslim believer is invited not to set creation behind him but to join it and therefore to experience something of its beauty and joy I rejoice in the world says one Muslim poet because the world rejoices in Him Mawlid falls on the 12th of Rabi al awwal in the Islamic lunar calendar As the moon sighting varies in different countries Mawlid may be celebrated on different days in different countries December 23rd or 24th this year Because the Islamic calendar is lunar the date of Mawlid moves against the Gregorian calendar No review samples used in this post Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for critical analysis and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Wednesday December 23 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels avignon DAESH ISIS islam Mawlid Shaam Shaykh Abd al Hakim Murad sufism Taybah Timothy Winter 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 Why do we still not believe in Negro symphony cond That s the state of the record business Classical music and the catastrophe of abundance Reddit before going to bed Roll up Roll up for the magical mystery tour Mawlid at Abbey Road A synthesiser orchestra of Wagnerian scale Why you should never believe music industry expert The unacceptable and arbitrary control exercised b Young gifted black and inappropriate What makes a good performer Is this Mahler s Eleventh Symphony Another composer from the twilight zone Sinfini Music and collateral damage Early musician who could have become a great condu The fall of the leaf If you lay down a solid groove

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