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  • On An Overgrown Path: No banal chatter day
    29 pm Pliable said An excellent follow up to my post from composer Daniel Wolf http renewablemusic blogspot com 2009 11 cut chatter html 2 45 pm Pliable said Email received It s interesting they chose November 21 The 22nd is St Cecilia s Day As for not listening to CBC Radio 2 count me in I haven t listened with one exception to it since the day I left in 1998 Cheers David Cavlovic 3 40 pm Pliable said David as well as being St Cecilia s day November 22 is the birthday of Benjamin Britten Jacob Obrecht Wilhelm Friedmann Bach Joaquin Rodrigo and a certain blogger 3 43 pm Philip said Huge thanks for alerting me to Daniel Wolf s blog now bookmarked I m a Londoner transplanted to a place not far from Vancouver and in the general way of things I think the common observation that Canadians are a passive lot perhaps dangerously so at times is accurate But they also have a tendency to the passive agressive mode which amounts to very thinly veiled criticism of things they don t like e g the United States for most of them When CBC 2 was eviscerated the criticism wasn t veiled at all but it did no good The station had already been reduced to programmes mostly of inane twittering reluctantly interrupted by short pieces of music or movements Now it has been further diminished by resricting classical music to a few hours on weekdays only except for Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and the Sunday morning Choral Concert and the much esteemed and truly knowledgeable hosts of those two programmes have been replaced by the same sort of twitterers and cream faced loons who make the weekday programmes unendurable The rest of the broadcasting time is taken up with folk ethnic jazz world to reflect the diversity of blether blether blether Canada has produced some very fine musicians but my word when it comes to broadcasting classical music it must be very close to the bottom of the league This is one area in which the US puts us to shame 3 44 pm Pliable said The station had already been reduced to programmes mostly of inane twittering reluctantly interrupted by short pieces of music or movements Again that sounds very familiar 4 06 pm Pliable said Email received I am proud and honoured to say that the two main shows I worked on at the CBC from 1988 1992 was Choral Concert and Saturday Afternoon At The Opera Alas even today these shows do not have the same presence as they did in bygone days Cheers David Cavlovic 6 07 pm Drew80 said It s too bad you have to pay that ridiculous annual licensing fee Pliable because otherwise you could simply laugh off the BBC and ignore it entirely I do not know radio listening patterns and habits in the U S but I suspect our radio audience is very very small and

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Music exists only in constant flow and flux
    Share to Pinterest Labels bach buddhism john palmer kyoto zen 4 comments Pliable said Email received Terrific post Pliable This post Music exists is why I follow your blog You keep looking at things most people simply accept As I said earlier I spend a lot of time thinking about music but don t have many folks to talk to about it My intuition tells me that processing what you re getting at here is really going to help me better understand the nature of music and music making Being verbal about the nonverbal is tough but not impossible if we can rethink perceptual categories The better I can understand music and music making the better I can figure out how to use it to help people As of now nothing to add to what you re saying just had to write in with a note of appreciation and thanks All the best Lyle 2 09 pm Lyle Sanford RMT said This post has induced a number of memories and associations for me Your using Buddhist thought to talk about music reminded me of my first encounter with Tibetan Buddhism when I was struck by the frequent use of the phrase spiritual practice Up until then I d largely associated the word practice with just musicians athletic teams doctors and lawyers Ever since then the notions of practicing music and spiritual practice have been intertwined in my mind With each you re using daily encounters with an essentially nonverbal experience trying to better understand it and to use what it offers to better your life experience The point you make about music s being able to exist in the mind even when you re not actually listening to a live performance ties in with a lot of the new brain research A lot of the same places in the brain light up in imaging studies both when you re hearing live music and when you re not but just mentally listening to or performing a piece Since we all have brains that are wired differently because of both genetics and our individual past experiences we all respond differently to various pieces of music as well as to various performances of a single piece So besides there being no permanence to a piece of music there s no permanence in the minds making the comparisons either from person to person or the same person at different times in different moods That Steve Hagen quote is wonderful and led me to the notion that maybe the deep reason music can have such great effect on us is that the flux and flow of one can connect with the flux and flow of the other that there s a sharing of the ways of working between streams of music and our streams of consciousness 1 40 am Pliable said The Steve Hagen quote is from his excellent little book Buddhism plain and simple which I strongly recommend to anyone interested in exploring further

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  • On An Overgrown Path: We soon forgot we were recording a CD
    have chosen that of dance and music With Laudes Confréries D Orient et d Occident French independent label Zig Zag Territoires has done it again They have triumphantly realised Rumi s vision and this quote from the sleeve notes of the beautifully recorded and presented Doulce Mémoire CD shows what happens when the hoar frost of musical routine thaws Then both the singers and the instrumentalists of Doulce Mémoire practiced these invocations of the Muslim orders the Ṭarīqah standing in a circle in the refectory at Fontevraud s abbey aiming to adopt the appropriate mental and physical attitude We very soon forgot we were recording a CD and came under the spell of what musicians of the 16th century called l efficace that is to say the effect produced by rhythm and headily captivating melodies Wilhelm Furtwängler and the forgotten new music here Travel tickets and overnight accomodation for the Gavin Bryars concert were paid for by me as were all the CDs mentioned in this article 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 October 21 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels brian eno britten sinfonia cornelius cardew gavin bryars islam john adams john cage philip glass sufi music sufism thomas merton 6 comments Pliable said One of the casualties of the demise of Point Music was their 1995 recording of Gavin Bryars Cello Concerto Farewell to Philosophy and its couplings which feature both percussion ensemble Nexus and Charlie Haden Well worth seeking out http www gavinbryars com Pages cello concerto html 11 44 am Jinbad said worth a look too is Gavin s fascinating colaboration with the late Spanish Artist Juan Munoz http channel tate org uk media 30537842001 Jinbad 6 48 pm Pliable said Email received Starting from G Bryars let s go back to the real Lasso Orlando Di Lasso I ve been bying CDs with his Music for many years According to my ears and soul the best is Viersprachendruck motetten Madrigale Chansons Lieder Orlando di Lasso Ensemble Hannover Bläser Collegium Leipzig La Gamba Freiburg Leitung Detlef Bratschke 1994 Verlag Thorofon Wedermark CTH 2209 With very good liner notes all texts lyrics in the 4 languages BT 4 44 pm Pliable said An amendment to my declaration of interest I said that our overnight accomodation was paid by me It was But after I complained about the lack of heating lukewarm water broken sink fitting single portion of tea supplies etc etc in our room at the Maylebone Travelodge I received a full refund of the accomodation cost Now I m going to write to National Express about the people who insisted on using mobile phones and audio equipment in the quiet carriage

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  • On An Overgrown Path: The lost art of listening
    or play an instrument is the best way to appreciate music But if that opportunity is not available learning the art of listening is the key which is why it is such a tragedy that music appreciation along with music education has virtually disappeared as a taught subject In my own case I am eternally grateful to the Fitznells School of Music in Ewell for many years ago setting me on the never ending path to music appreciation Great animateurs of the past such as Leonard Bernstein and David Munrow were teachers of music appreciation That is Lennie above with members of the audience after one of his New York Philharmonic Young People s Concerts which reached a peak of twenty seven million TV viewers The article you are reading is influenced by the work of another great and largely forgotten animateur and apostle of music appreciation Antony Hopkins You will learn more from one page of Antony Hopkins books than from one year of listening to the current generation of classical jocks on our smooth classics stations Like meditation music appreciation works best as a group activity particularly in the early years As Sir George Trevelyan stipulated it should not to be undertaken casually and unfortunately most listening to music these days is undertaken very casually thanks to iPods But in the right circumstances music appreciation can work as a solitary activity and personally I find listening to sounds beyond what Alan Watts calls conventional music a productive way to retune my ears An excellent example of what I think of as ear candling music is the CD below by the Icelandic cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir which uses electronics to explore the space between rock and classical music There are some very beautiful and powerful abstract sounds in Without Sinking but for me this kind of contemporary music ultimately lacks development and argument Which is almost certainly because my ears are not yet fully tuned to this gentre rather than any inherent shortcomings in the music itself After listening to Without Sinking I immediately turned to Britten s Cello Suites to appreciate once again how beautiful abstract sounds can be developed by powerful musical argument But the continuing retuning of my ears means it is perfectly possible that in twelve month s time I will have completely changed my view of Without Sinking Because music appreciation like music itself only exists only in constant flux and flow The excellent recording of Britten s Cello Suites seen in my header image is by William Butt on the super budget Apex label The 2 CDs are currently selling on amazon co uk for 6 98 Which means if you don t have these masterpieces in your collection you can further explore the art of listening for very little Opening quote is from the highly recommended Sir George Trevelyan and the New Spiritual Awakening by Frances Farrer Floris Books ISBN0863153771 but out of print All featured CDs were purchased by me at retail

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  • On An Overgrown Path: New music in the paradise garden
    all beings all living beings from samsara the world of suffering Be that as it may I certainly felt that this more objective music was in the direction of moving away from this fascinating world of samsara of suffering in which we are interminably caught and upon which art endlessly meditates There is no point in pretending that all of Jonathan Harvey s recent work is an easy listen and I am not ashamed to admit that some of his music comes from a point that I haven t yet reached But if we accept William Goldman s view that art tells you uncomfortable things that you perhaps don t want to hear truths that you may not be comfortable to hear then there is no doubt that Jonathan Harvey is producing some truly great and uncompromising art towards a Pure Land is also the title of one of Jonathan Harvey s compositions for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra It has been recorded on the NMC CD that featured here last year in Body Mandala a contemporary classic Follow the middle path for more on the art of Jonathan Harvey The paradise garden seen in my photos is the Dashang Kagyu Ling Temple of a Thousand Buddhas in La Boulaye France which we visited in September The temple which follows the Vajrayana tradition of Tantric Buddhism was opened in 1987 in the grounds of a chateau in the Morvan Forest region near to the town of Vichy Vajrayana Buddhism is also known as the diamond vehicle and this is reflected in the exuberance of the decorations inside the prayer hall seen in my upper sequence of photos and the exterior of the temple seen in the lower sequence This will be the last post On An Overgrown Path for a while as I am off in search of more paradise gardens I will be out of computer range so comment moderation will be sporadic Do support other music blogs while I am away In a neat example of interdependence I bought the CDs of Jonathan Harvey s quartets in Saint Dizier on the same trip to France that we visited the Dashang Kagyu Ling Temple on Arnold Whittall s Jonathan Harvey was bought online All photos are c On An Overgrown Path 2009 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 Friday November 20 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels arditti quartet arnold whittall bbc scottish symphony orchestra buddhism Dashang Kagyu Ling Temple des Milles Bouddhas france gaston bachelard ircam jonathan harvey Vajrayana 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Somehow indicative of the times
    Dudamel and the Systema 10 32 am Pliable said Nick fair comment and I will forgive you the anonymous profile this time Different views expressed in a civilised manner are always welcome here although it should be noted it was a reader who was writing about the Rite not me In his comment Drew also says I have no idea whether Dudamel will turn into a fine conductor only time will tell Elsewhere in a review of a Dudamel concert I attended I wrote Aspects of Dudamel Inc still leave me uneasy But all this was far outweighed by the outstanding playing which Dudamel drew from his orchestra http www overgrownpath com 2008 08 classical music moves on html Aspects of Dudamel Inc continue to disturb me Which is why I featured Drew s comment as an article One particular aspect of Dudamel and also the BBC Proms disturbs me That is the widespread view that writing anything other than outlandish praise for these two classical music phenomena is considered to be a punch below the belt Both have been promoted by the media to the category of beyond criticism Charlotte Higgins in the Guardian for instance has elevated Dudamel to the status of a cult There is much good about Dudamel the Systema and the BBC Proms But there are also disturbing aspects that need to be highlighted On An Overgrown Path will continue to present both sides of the argument 11 09 am Gavin Plumley said As someone who goes to his fair share of concerts throughout the UK and beyond I can honestly say that although they aren t the best players ever for urtext precision nor do I approve of the vast number the Dudamel Venezuelan performances at the RFH back in April were thrilling and happy making There was a sincerity about them which is so often lacking elsewhere As I wrote back in April about Tchaikovsky 4 While Dudamel goes for occasionally outrageous tempi the members of the Orchestra never appear like circus performers So tight are the fast passages in the strings so chamber like the dialogue in the winds that you can do nothing but sit back in amazement at what has been achieved More than the musical performances however last night s concert and I have no doubt the performance of The Rite of Spring on Saturday will replicate is the most fun anyone has had in the Festival Hall And for that reason alone rather than the hype I am thrilled to admit to being on the goofy looking concert goers in that photo No it isn t the same as hearing peerless lieder the Leipzig forces in Mendelssohn or Richter playing late Schubert but it has a joie de vivre which Drew80 seems sadly reluctant to let into his life Extreme elation can be irritating but being a kill joy is the road to nowhere 11 10 am Pliable said Gavin that precisely confirms my point Writing anything other

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  • On An Overgrown Path: EMI keeps playing with its Rattle
    Posted by Pliable at Tuesday November 17 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels berlin philharmonic orchestra berthold goldschmidt decca emi eric dingman simon rattle 7 comments The Wound Dresser said should have been almost 20 years with Labatt breweries Spews somehow more appropriate BTW seriously is anyone not knighted these days 3 59 pm Pliable said Is anyone not knighted these days TWD very sadly yes http www overgrownpath com 2008 01 great music making doesnt need html 4 02 pm Nick said Apologies for being pedantic but reading your ongoing annoyances over linguistic typographical mis use let me parade one of my own reaches a crescendo is wrong There could be a crescendo in the amount of PR re Rattle etc which would reach a climax with this announcement There I feel better now 10 17 am Pliable said Nick please do not apologise Corrections are always welcome here Like everyone else I make quite a few mistakes The check and balance provided by readers is as valuable as the original posts 10 50 am Gavin Plumley said Couldn t agree more That Goldschmidt Album was a marvellous addition to the Entartete discography That said the EMI recordings of Szymanowski were equally welcome Sad then that the Berlin period has been dominated by Brahms Haydn Beethoven and Mahler none of whom are in need of such support Surely those recordings should be used to pay for the more adventurous repertoire 11 01 am Pliable said Simon Rattle s new EMI contract continues the trend with a complete Nutcracker Having said that it also includes a Schoenberg disc with Begleitungsmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene 11 27 am Philip said I wonder if I might use this as an excuse to mention a composer far more forgotten Douglas Coates Well actually unknown at least to me until yesterday when I checked out the new entries in the Naxos Music Library and spotted a Divine Arts disc of two concert performances a magnificent one of Campoli playing the Moeran concerto with Boult and the BBCSO in 1954 and the other of Colin Sauer playing Coates concerto with the BBCNSO and Groves in 1951 The disc is worth knowing about for the Moeran Campoli a bit of a stunner but I enjoyed the Coates greatly on first hearing and shall be going back to it Thus far I ve found no information about him whatever other than that he destroyed the score of the concerto as a not overly helpful protest against the BBC s modernism 2 20 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: The Tao of music
    I still have it My parents thought I was losing my mind The way yoga changes your perception of the world is amazing It s another kind of ecstatic experience Interestingly that quote comes from the highly acclaimed principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra Vladimir Jurowski and it appeared in my post Why I am sorely disillusioned with Gergiev Did someone mention yin and yang Staying with minimalism Steve Reich s classic celebration of the rhythm of life Drumming is on the CD seen above which featured here last year in The forgotten Lady Atomic And there is no shortage of rhythm in the disc featured below Damba Moon has Ensemble Bash playing kpanlogo music from the south of Ghana There is more music of Black Africa here while further east there is a little known gem for percussion Lou Harrison s Fifth Symfony The Man Who Drove With His Eyes Closed and Glass a portrait of Philip in twelve parts were borrowed from Norwich library the CDs mentioned in the post were bought at retail price 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 Monday November 16 2009 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels ensemble bash lou harrison philip glass qigong scott hicks stephen russell steve reich taoism 2 comments Pliable said After uploading this article I noticed that there is a book titled The Tao of Music http books google co uk books id 5kBh0FvRZLEC pg PR12 lpg PR12 dq the tao of music ortiz source bl ots xw1yi0gXzh sig zRufMDRz 7wxaKvDKT3 ABZ0fdE hl en ei CIEBS5axMdvajQfG7NCWCw sa X oi book result ct result resnum 1 ved 0CAoQ6AEwAA v onepage q f false http www amazon com Tao Music Sound Psychology dp 1578630088 ref sr 1 1 ie UTF8 s books qid 1258389660 sr 8 1 4 44 pm Pliable said The link between the I Ching and the creation of the binary system used in computers CDs etc etc is an interesting one http www kerryr net pioneers leibniz htm 5 21 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

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