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  • On An Overgrown Path: Now the audience composes the music
    to be first to bring this wonderful installation to the US Thin Air composer Helen Ottoway is a founder member of new music performance groups Regular Music and 3 or 4 Composers Commissions include String Quartet No 1 1998 for Nottinghamshire County Council She was associate composer for In Praise of Trees a major arts project curated by Annette Ratusznuak in association with Salisbury Festival and English Nature 2001 02 This included the commissioning of The Echoing Green tenor marimba double chorus and string orchestra which was premiered at the opening concert of the 2002 Salisbury Festival in Salisbury Cathedral As well as developing a new opera project for Artmusic in collaboration with artist Deborah Thomas and sound designer Alastair Goolden she is currently working on a series of string quartets including one to accompany a silent film Images of St John s Maddermarket from Simon Knott s excellent Norfolkchurches co uk 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 Hildegard comes to Norwich via IRCAM and Darmstadt Posted by Pliable at Thursday May 04 2006 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels helen ottoway norfolk norwich festival orchestra 1 comment Scott Belyea said the act of being and moving in a space becomes a dance simple journeys become melodies mass movement becomes a chorus a public choreography An intriguing well whatever it is and I wish I could experience it However I find something a bit off putting about it This thought occurred first when I saw the word choreography That word generally implies two things to me some intent on the part of the choreographer and the possibility of it being repeated more or less at a later time if it s been notated somehow Neither concept applies here as far as I can tell Surely this could be done just as effectively with computer generated random numbers to control sounds could it not If the number of people present is the only thing that s distiguishable then just have a sensor at the door to generate another channel for each additional person It s an interesting notion as I walk around I may get the impression that I m controlling the sound but it doesn t sound like I have any effective control at all A dog or a robot or a random number has every bit as much control as I do In other words I could think of it as apparent audience participation What s the John cage piece 32 Radios In such a case it s at least clear what s happening This doesn t make it bad but I m just not sure what to make of it But as I said I d still like to try it out 4 20 pm Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Berlin Philharmonic is in superlative shape
    and at the Salzburg Easter Festival I can testify for the rapture of the public and the complete dedication of the orchestra to its music director I remember the times when it was chic in Germany to look down on Karajan Likewise a press campaign against Claudio Abbado that claimed he had failed to rejuvenate the ageing orchestra made him start packing his bags In reality he did bring a lot of excellent young players in an effort brilliantly continued by Simon After Abbado s long absence he has been repeatedly received at his Berlin visits as a demi god The journalist who asked Simon whether he was failing to live up to his predecessors should both for his lack of manners and his lack of better judgment rather than be quoted hide in shame Alfred Brendel London From today s Guardian letters Image credit Rombaux be Any copyrighted material on these pages is includedin 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 other errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk If you enjoyed this post take An Overgrown Path to Vienna Philharmonic in perpetual motion Posted by Pliable at Wednesday May 31 2006 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest 1 comment sfmike said Way to write Alfred And Mr Brendel s CDs of all of Mozart s piano concertos will always be among my favorite sets of recorded music 12 02 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 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 30 May 42 April 39 March 41 February 47 January 48 2008 476 December 38 November 40 October 57 September 39 August 36 July 42 June 9 May 54 April 41 March 44 February 30 January 46 2007 572 December 43

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  • On An Overgrown Path: In Memoriam Kenneth Ryder
    dozens of young musicians left who are now full time in the profession both in the UK and abroad He regarded the nurturing of young talent as the most important aspect of his work in Norwich where he was much in demand as a teacher of both organ and piano as well as accompanist adjudicator conductor and performer He appeared regularly in the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Kenneth Ryder retired last autumn to Aylsham and died on 28th May 2006 after a short illness There can be no more fitting memorial than the organ of St Peter Mancroft in Norwich Image credits Orgwebs net 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 other errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk If you enjoyed this post take An Overgrown Path to Bach at St Peter Mancroft Norwich Posted by Pliable at Wednesday May 31 2006 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest 3 comments Pliable said I have particular personal gratitude for Kenneth Ryder s recording and recital performances of the two preludes and fugues by Nicolaus Bruns they opened my ears to this important composer 1 30 pm Roger Hewett said God rest your soul sir I just learned of your passing via my parents I was one of your original Norwich Boys Choir members back in the early 70 s For sure you helped shape my musical career You touched the lives of so many Roger Hewett Musical Director Cirque du Soleil Montreal Canada 5 18 am Anonymous said Keneth Ryder was my cousin I last spoke to him from my late Mother s home in Colyton Devon where I had gone to attend her funeral As a resident of Sydney Australia since 1969 I didn t get to talk to him that often and when I visited the UK I never caught up with him in Norwich So my memories of this unique talent was from my younger days in Southgate My paternal Grandmother was organist at Christchurch in Southgate when he and his brother John played games with us and built things in the garden that only boys can build he tuned my very first guitar what a revelolation to have an intune guitar for once and my renditions of Bob Dylan songs never sounded better Vale Kenneth I will miss you just being you Graham Forsaith 1st cousin 3 22 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 13 September 19 August 17

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Hitler's court composer was Harvard alumnus
    s S Project which provided the White House with biographical information on four hundred top Nazis analyses of Hitler s speeches and a detailed dossier covering Hitler s psychological condition education and sex life This dossier also contained Hanfstaengl s observations on Hitler s musical tastes As noted previously Tristan was a favourite while Meistersinger was preferred when the Fuhrer was facing adversity Hitler s adoration for Wagner also meant that he apparently knew the libretto of Lohengrin by heart As well as Wagner Verdi and selected Chopin and Richard Strauss Hitler also enjoyed Liszt and Grieg The dictator s musical dislikes tell us more about him than his likes he disliked Bach Handel Haydn Mozart Beethoven and Brahms In an even more bizarre development the US intelligence service arranged for Hanfstaengl to record a piano recital of Debussy and his own works interspersed with appeals for Hitler to sue for peace CBS pressed thousands of copies of the recital as a single sided phonograph record These were then dropped by parachute over Germany addressed to the Nazi leaders with instructions that the packages be delivered unopened to the addressees I wonder how many of the brittle shellac discs survived the parachute drop The recording of the recital was also beamed to Germany from a radio transmitter here in East Anglia where I write these words Eventually Hanfstaengl lost his appeal for Roosevelt s intelligence experts and he was returned to England from where he was transferred to a former punishment and starvation camp in Germany He was released in 1946 but still had to undergo the mandatory denazification process His final years were spent in Germany where the publication of his memoirs in 1970 the continued controversy caused by his Harvard connections and a stormy private life ensured he remained in the public eye Ernst Hanfstaengl died in Munich in November 1975 aged eighty eight Peter Conradi s excellent life of Hanfstaengl ends with his death But there is a fascinating coda to this extraordinary story where fact is often far stranger than fiction On the penultimate page of Conradi s book the author writes Hanfstaengl took great pride in his grandchildren especially Eynon the eldest who had inherited his grandfather s musical talent taking an impressive twenty fourth place in the prestigous Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in June 1974 The pianist career of the junior Hanfstaengl seem to have been obscured by the mists of time and my researches found no further information on this But tantalisingly my search found a German German film actor and writer called Eynon Hanfstaengl One of his acting roles was Count Durkheim in the 1972 movie Ludwig Requiem Fur einen jungfraulichen Konig The film is a cinematic requiem for Wagner s patron Ludwig ll of Bavaria and the music credits include excerpts from Furtwängler s Tristan and Karajan s Siegfried and Gotterdammerung Is this Ernst Hanfstaengl s grandson Hitler s Piano Player The Rise and Fall of Ernst Hanfstaengl Confidant of Hitler

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  • On An Overgrown Path: The banning of birdsong
    pages is used in 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 other errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk If you enjoyed this post take An Overgrown Path to Tis the gift to be free Posted by Pliable at Tuesday May 30 2006 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest 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 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 30 May 42 April 39 March 41 February 47 January 48 2008 476 December 38 November 40 October 57 September 39 August

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  • On An Overgrown Path: A campaign no blogger can ignore
    by An Overgrown Path recently More detail on the Amnesty International campaign via this link And 12 hours later it is great to see On An Overgrown Path as the lead media story on the business page of a top US web news feed Any copyrighted material on these pages is included in 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 other errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk If you enjoyed this post take An Overgrown Path to Access denied Posted by Pliable at Sunday May 28 2006 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest 1 comment Pliable said I came across the following statement of editorial policy on the website Catalyst UK magazine of the UK s Commission for Racial Equality http www catalystmagazine org default html It sets a bench mark that any blog or website should aim for Catalyst s role is to kick start discussions new ideas and arguments about race identity society citizenship culture and community about where we are now and where we might be going in the future It encourages frank and open discussion and engages with views across the political spectrum to shed light on particular issues Its remit is to publish journalism which is clear well written and accessible free from jargon and full of interesting thought provoking comment and analysis It covers a broad range of topics from policy and the law to economics politics sport science culture and the arts and is aimed at a broad and general audience Catalyst complies with British law including the Human Rights Act 1998 which sets out the right to freedom of expression Catalyst will not give space to incitement to hatred against any group of people but within the provisions of the law will not prohibit reasoned argument factual reporting fair comment including satire or the temperate expression of any opinion on the grounds that any person or group may find it offensive or insulting We understand that this is not always straightforward and therefore we use our editorial judgment to maintain consistency with our principles We are committed to exercising this judgment responsibly 9 54 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 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: BBC TV takes An Overgrown Path
    prime time slot 10 44 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 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 30 May 42 April 39 March 41 February 47 January 48 2008 476 December 38 November 40 October 57 September 39 August 36 July 42 June 9 May 54 April 41 March 44 February 30 January 46 2007 572 December 43 November 65 October 55 September 11 August 46 July 57 June 48 May 52 April 52 March 53 February 49 January 41 2006 455 December 47 November 27 October 35 September 21 August 50 July 31 June 31 May 29 Berlin Philharmonic is in superlative shape In Memoriam Kenneth Ryder Hitler s court composer was Harvard

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Medieval mystics with musical connections
    foundations discovered during earlier excavations and my photo above is of the shrine in the cell The restoration of the church which is still accessed by the original narrow alley was inspired by the sisters of the Community of All Hallows Ditchingham Today Julian s cell the main church and the nearby Julian Centre draw pilgrims from all around the world and there is a flourishing contemplative Order of Julian of Norwich in Southern Wisconsin Now playing Roger Mayor s choral work Julian Mystical revelations Hildegard of Bingen is the medieval mystic with the musical reputation but Roger Mayor s 2002 composition is a very worthwhile addition to the catalogue with its settings of Julian of Norwich s writings There is an excellent commercial recording made in Norwich Cathedral with the fine Keswick Hall Choir and soloists conducted by John Aplin Norfolk based Roger Mayor above studied under Dr Paul Steinitz and is best known for his sacred compositions The hour long Julian Mystical revelations is more Rutter than MacMillan but the tuneful score does an excellent job in bringing Julian s writings to a new audience The CD is available from Prelude Records Revelations of Divine Love can be read online via this link Follow this link for the Penguin edition of Revelations of Divine Love In Search of Julian of Norwich by Sheila Upjohn Dartman Longman Todd ISBN 0232518408 provides an excellent introduction Julian of Norwich shrine website via this link Fiona Maddock s Hildegard of Bingen the Woman of Her Age is highly recommended Image ISBN 0385498683 This is the book that inspired contemporary composer James Wood s exciting and avant garde choral work that I wrote about in Hildegard comes to Norwich via IRCAM and Darmstadt Canticles of Ecstacy is a wonderful CD of Marian antiphons sequences and responsories sung by Sequentia The Hildegard industry was started by Hyperion s A feather on the breath of god read Paying the piper for an interesting slant on that best selling recording All photos by Pliable and copyright On An Overgrown Path Any copyrighted material on these pages is used in 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 other errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk If you enjoyed this post take An Overgrown Path to The music of Taizé Posted by Pliable at Friday May 26 2006 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels chuacer hadewijch of antwerp hildegard of bingen julian of norwich mystics revelation of divine love roger mayor 1 comment Pliable said Nice to see Julian of Norwich featuring on the wide ranging ANABlog 5 17 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

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