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  • On An Overgrown Path: A synthesiser orchestra of Wagnerian scale
    commission from the Salzburg Festival immersed me in the Hindu performing arts early in the year a recent edition of Hindu Music an anthology edited by Sourindro Mohun Tagore and originally published in 1875 was a fascinating find while revisiting Chant and be Happy the Power of Mantra Meditation was a timely reminder of what music is really about But I have saved the best to last Fathomless Riches by the Reverend Richard Coles was for me an unlikely chance find on the shelf of our local library Richard Coles was one half of the British duo the Communards they were prominent in the emerging gay scene in the 1980s and had top 40 hits in the UK and US most notably with the chart topping Don t Leave Me This Way But Richard Coles also has serious music credentials including being head chorister at his public school and in a remarkable change of career direction he was ordained as an Anglican vicar in 2005 He is now a parish priest in Northampton a presenter on BBC Radio 4 and inevitably a Twitter star Fathomless Riches see header image is a no punches pulled autobiographical journey through music and life unlike so many music writers today Richard Coles has something pertinent to say and he says it very well Here he is writing about the Synclavier a instrument that changed the sound of contemporary music Bronski Beat s single Why was an example of the Synclavier s virtues sounding like a synthesiser orchestra of Wagnerian scale sending in the Valkyries to tackle homophobia All books discussed in this post were bought or borrowed from libraries The only exception is The Other Classical Musics edited by Michael Church sorry about that Boydell Brewer 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 22 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Communards Derek Beres Earle H Waugh Hisham Aidi Micheal Church nick drake nusrat fateh ali khan Peter Lavezzoli philip glass Richard Coles 1 comment Pliable said It has been pointed out to me quite correctly that putting contributor biographies in the foreword is standard practice in multi author academic anthologies as in say the Cambridge Companion series and has nothing to do with contemporary music writing per se So I stand corrected on that an excess of narcissism elsewhere is making me see it where it does not exist 5 46 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Why you should never believe music industry experts
    believe industry experts instead let your ears tell you which music you like As with the search for new audiences new technologies and new saviours of classical music the answer isn t somewhere over the rainbow the answer is here now The great Sufi poet Attar of Nishapur explained it so well in The Conference of the Birds here is the irreplaceable Bernard Levin s précis of the fable from his book Conducted Tour The birds go to seek their mysterious king the Simorg Their journey is beset by terrible hardship amid which some die some desert some turn back some lose heart When the survivors reach their goal it is to learn the world s most profound and vital truth They are told that they have carried the Simorg with them all the time and they realise that the treasures which we believe lies across cruel wastes boundless oceans towering mountains and dreadful valleys really lies within our own hearts Harold C Schonberg quote appears on page 387 of my 1981 hardback fifth edition of The Lives of the Great Composers Photo of solitary loudspeaker the other was in the study was photographed by me at a caravanserai on the old road between Marrakech and Essaouira in Morocco 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 Monday December 21 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels adrian boult bernard levin emi Farid ud Din Attar gustav mahler Harold C Schonberg jean sibelius John Luther Adams Philippa Schuyler sufism 5 comments Qi said Thank you for the early Christmas gift I thoroughly enjoyed this post and wholeheartedly AGREE with it Wishing you the best holidays and joyous and healthy New Year 4 35 pm Pliable said Joshua Cheek comments via Facebook New technologies have greatly increased the power of industry experts The advent of Twitter Facebook Instagram and other platforms means experts now dictate what music is liked and what is disliked This has produced a musical monoculture controlled by prescriptive intermediaries who display lack of judgement and excess of self interest in equal measure I have been saying this for YEARS though with far less eloquence and authority But even as a second rate supernumerary in the music industry I have seen how the game has been played and have impotently struggled to at least challenge it 4 45 pm Lyle Sanford RMT said what Qi said 4 46 pm Pliable said But to keep the balance I should note that Simon Brackenborough tweets overgrownpath I completely disagree about social media If anything it demonstrates the full diversity of people s tastes more powerfully https twitter com sbrackenborough status 678968833328181251 4 52 pm Pliable said One month later Alia Vox are still declining to take any action over the faulty SACD pressing of War Peace mentioned in this

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  • On An Overgrown Path: The unacceptable and arbitrary control exercised by Google
    said I suspect that Google is somewhat unfairly being labelled the villain here Here s what I think happened Someone for whatever reason reported your video as inappropriate Google computers likely then made the video unavailable pending review or request for review As you can see the video was quite promptly made available again I suspect that Google plays it safe when a video is reported as inappropriate One can only imagine the sort of stuff that people try to upload And rather than having something unacceptable available until staff can get around to looking at it they block access for the interim 1 56 am Pliable said I suspect that Google is somewhat unfairly being labelled the villain here Canoetoo try this scenario for size An anonymous person phones the police and reports you for an unspecified crime you didn t commit So the police arrest you and hold you without trial pending an appeal moreover they warn you in an officious way that any further alleged not proven unspecified offense will result in life in prison You are not told what crime you committed your appeal will not be independently judged and there is no guarantee it will be fair Moreover when you are finally released no explanation is given for your wrongful arrest and no apology is made Google as do Facebook Amazon and the other online pariahs take the route of least cost Using unpaid vigilantes costs nothing and the fallibility or bias of these vigilantes can conveniently be justified because of the need to play it safe Research how Google and Facebook harvest and sell your personal data to supplement their huge profits Understand how the online giants pay minimal tax Explore how the online economy exploits free and slave labour through operations such as Mechanical Turk Read Jacob Silverman s Terms of Service and Andrew Keen s The Internet is Not the Answer Then tell me if Google is somewhat unfairly being labelled the villain As long as we view YouTube Google and Facebook as nice friendly corporations because they allow us to share videos of our cats for free they will increase the totally unacceptable and arbitrary control they exercise over our lives One of a number of reasons why On An Overgrown Path will shortly lapse into silence is that I find the internet an increasingly uncomfortable place to spend time 8 47 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 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Young, gifted, black and inappropriate
    racial woman These questions and many more must be addressed but most important are the works she left behind in her brief life not only the ones that are completed such as the orchestral scherzo Rumplestiltskin and her two versions of the Nile Fantasy for piano and orchestra but many unfinished or barely completed works such as her setting of T S Eliot s The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock Ms Schuyler s music has always been on my mind for over thirty years since I went to the Schomburg branch of the New York Public Library and reviewed the manuscripts of her scores The good news is that the scores and parts for her completed orchestral works are intact and need minor editing and her solo piano works are also in excellent order All it would take is someone with capital to burn for someone either John McLaughlin Williams or myself or both of us to record her music and make it available for the public to decide about her compositions but most important also add a piece to the puzzle about this complex and intriguing American woman 3 12 am Philip Amos said I am outraged yet again The question to pose to YT is which of their stated community standards did your video violate copyright pornography illegal acts gratuitous violence or hate speech But I think we know the answer it is the last one I gather it takes but one protest to cause Google to remove a video and I think the crucial one here is that visitor from the U S That complaint I must also think was induced by the 1962 cover of Jet I ve come to take it as a general principle that all movements policies trends processes etc regardless of their initial merit have their own dynamic and once unleashed that dynamic increases until it leads to extremism Political correctness is an obvious current example of this My own academic discipline History has suffered much from this Any historian had better think twice about using what is now referred to as the N word before he uses it in a lecture on the history of African Americans or a related subject Just about anything about the history of Israel could blow up in your face Thus we have here an example of that extremist dynamic I could write reams about other examples And it has itself here done damage When you put up those posts I did myself post comments about Schuyler Dean Dixon and Winifred Atwell whose recording of the Grieg concerto is on YT I think we discussed others also The intent of your posts and others comments was to shine a light on the injustice in the way racial discrimination affected or destroyed the great talents of musicians most notably in the U S so there is irony in Google s censorship as well as idiocy In that the topic of the posts went back some 70

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  • On An Overgrown Path: What makes a good performer?
    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 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Is this Mahler's Eleventh Symphony?
    Rott links https www youtube com watch v EDe48ez9UkY http www hans rott de indexe htm 10 34 am Philip Amos said I certainly don t think there s a problem The structure and much else of Grieg s Piano Concerto the one in A minor I d better add emulates that of Schumann in high degree The Rondo of Brahms D minor is in structure patently emulative of the Rondo of Beethoven s C minor However the wonder of the melodic invention e g in the later works their composers own inventiveness in many aspects put these points out of mind assuming the listener knows them in the first place The litmus test re your question might be to ask well versed music lovers which they would prefer to have firmly placed in their cd collections the Grieg and Brahms or Paderewski s Concerto in A minor I have here used the word emulative because derivative carries such a heavy negative connotation sometimes used with intimations of plagiarism It is hard to find the best terms for what we discuss here and I don t claim emulative is much better Would it not perhaps be true to say the Grieg and Brahms were simply inspired by the earlier works I don t know But I do know I prefer the Grieg and Brahms to Paderewski and a vast body of other works including the mass of second rate works of marked originality And I would just add that some composers of works of marked originality seem rather to have been inspired by Gerard Hoffnung 11 11 am Philip Amos said I must add that Antoine s comment is very well taken in the context of this discussion I like the notion of Rott s symphony as the Mahler 0 But rather than deeming it Mahler 5 5 I wonder if we should regard it as Mahler 2 for Mahler used several themes from Rott s symphony in that work and indeed Rott s influence on Mahler s later works is something that needs far more attention than it has received It was considerable Of course Mahler s use of Rott s themes in the No 2 could be called plagiarism and Rott s influence on Mahler s later works cause them to be considered derivative I think neither of these views would be valid The point that most needs to be made is that Rott s symphony wasn t performed until 1989 There are other works of his in archives and his entire oeuvre should be explored and performed Re the symphony I would once have said BBC please take note but we have seen with a vengeance in the sacking of Stephen Jackson that those overpaid panjandrums minds addled with power listen to no one But any orchestra that programmes Rott s symphony for a start would show much sense and give their band a boost 1 50 pm Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Another composer from the twilight zone
    at Thursday December 17 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels arthur honegger leonard bernstein Marius France nadia boulanger olivier messiaen pierre schaeffer Radio France Ocora 1 comment Pliable said Neil Talbott comments via Facebook Found this fascinating mini documentary about Marius Constant https youtu be ox4b8tRjVfw 12 29 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 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 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Sinfini Music and collateral damage
    compromised because a music journalist has become the de facto mouthpiece of Universal Music Lebrecht s breaking of Sinfini s closure is billed as exclusive Which is just part of the irreversible collateral damage inflicted by Universal Music on the ethics and standards of music journalism 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 Wednesday December 16 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels classical music journalism jessica duchen norman lebrecht Paul Morley Sinfini Music Newer Post Older Post Home 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 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September

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