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  • On An Overgrown Path: What would you do if your homeland was invaded?
    his tribunal used this understanding of Christ s teachings whilst at the same time rejecting the divinity of Christ Many such pacifists I have spoken to would say I would rather be killed myself than kill another person Many wrestled with the problem of how to deal with Hitler and some changed their mind midstream and joined the army as the only thing to do The charge against Britten is that he took an easy option His tribunal gave him no conditions he could do whatever he wished This is in contrast to many Quakers who felt the least they could do was to help at the front and so joined the Friends Ambulance Unit There is quite a contrast with Michael Tippett who went to prison rather than accept the conditions laid on him at his own tribunal 1 17 pm Pliable said Thanks for that thoughtful response John It was not my intention to suggest denying people the right to follow their own conscience Rather it was my intention to pose the question of what would have happened in the event of a Nazi invasion if the majority had followed their conscience and like Britten let the invader in Surely the role of the artist is to contribute to making the world a better place not hand it over to dictators The problem for me is that uncompromising pacifism only works in extremis if practised by the minority otherwise we end up as part of the Third Reich hence my post Several private emails about this post have said this is a problem I have grappled with for a long time I think we have to accept there is no simple and right answer to the question of when violence is justified and when it is not But I still cannot accept that letting the Nazis into Britain and setting a good example would have been the right choice If this post serves any purpose I hope it is to draw more attention to the valuable humanitarian work of Varian Fry who has featured in two previous posts Varian Fry was a fascinating and brave American who died disillusioned and unrecognised 2 18 pm Bodie said Bob wrote Rather it was my intention to pose the question of what would have happened in the event of a Nazi invasion if the majority had followed their conscience and like Britten let the invader in This feels like a straw man argument Is there any evidence that the majority held pacifist beliefs Bob wrote The problem for me is that uncompromising pacifism only works in extremis if practised by the minority otherwise we end up as part of the Third Reich hence my post Again is there any evidence that Britten was not in the minority You re not arguing that no one should be pacifist so why is it wrong for Britten to have been It seems like you re more against him expressing his views on pacifism than

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  • On An Overgrown Path: We just try to charge a fair price and we pay our tax!
    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 New music from beneath the sands of Egypt Artistic director takes public stand against dumbi How new classical music audiences are seeing the l Excuse me but you are treading on an MP3 file What we need is a classical chart for challenging How classical music reached half a million young p Classical music must quit the shallows for deeper Will Pablo Casals be trending this autumn Research proves audiences become what they listen Black conductor appointed at leading orchestra Classical music may not be not elitist but its pri Musicians honoured in new museum of exile Britten pacifism and mistaken identity What would you do if your homeland was invaded We just try to charge a fair price and we pay our She sang for those about to be executed Five tips on how to survive a music festival One of classical music s great overlooked achievem The primordial sounds of a 5000 year old gospel ch Exclusive the truth behind that Boulez photo Now let s hear it for a composer anniversary Classical music s mighty and single cosmic rhythm Composer anniversaries are the product of complace Another day another classical music anniversary May 8 April 31 March

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  • On An Overgrown Path: She sang for those about to be executed
    work leading refugees into Spain This work was doubly dangerous as Vierny was Jewish but despite this she led many groups to safety before being arrested in 1940 by the Vichy police Although she had been working for Varian Fry without Maillol s knowledge the artist funded her defense and she was acquitted and sent for her own safety by the sculptor to pose for Matisse in Nice But she was arrested a second time in 1943 this time by the Gestapo in Paris while on her way to lunch with Picasso While in prison she sang for those awaiting execution in her memoirs she recounts that one young Communist waiting to be shot asked her to sing one of Edith Piaf s chansons through the cell window she never saw his face Vierny was held by the Gestapo for six months and again her release was procured by Maillol this time by appealing to Hitler s court sculptor Arno Breker 1900 91 in the photo below Breker is seen with his head of Wagner in 1985 Aristide Maillol was killed in a car accident near his studio in 1943 and Vierny went on to a successful career as a collector and exhibitor of works by dissident artists and as a curator and champion of Maillol s art In 1959 she returned to the USSR and started collecting resistance songs from Stalin s era these were recorded by her on the album Chants du Goulag in 1975 listen here Our chance exploration of the path up the Col de Banyuls uncovered the story of a truly remarkable woman This brief portrait of Dina Vierny only scratches the surface of her extraordinary life and particularly in view of the enduring interest in Alma Mahler she deserves to be much better known Also on Facebook and Twitter Arno Breker photo is via Museum Arno Breker Berlin Header and footer photos are c On An Overgrown Path 2013 Posted by Pliable at Monday June 10 2013 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alma mahler Aristide Maillol Arno Breker Banyuls sur Mer france franz werfel varian fry 1 comment The Wound Dresser said wow bob thanks for the heads up education again 5 23 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 New music from beneath the sands of Egypt Artistic director takes public stand against dumbi How new classical music audiences are seeing the l

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Five tips on how to survive a music festival
    new link makes me think would an accredited journalist really shoot two minutes of illegal breach of copyright video concert footage and immediately upload it to YouTube Who is samasprit Help from the sleuths among my readers would be welcome 3 08 pm Pliable said We all have better things to do than reconfirming the poor quality of Lebrecht s journalism But he does seem anxious to throw inquisitive minds off the samasprit scent with a new post of more footage from the Fes festival sprinkled with lots of different names So it would be interesting to uncover the provenance of that samasprit report 2 15 pm Philip Amos said Bob I was just wondering if you have looked at samasprit s page on YT Apart from the Fes Festival post he seems to have approved a tribute to John Lennon subscribed to a comedy network and that s about it Rather a nonentity I have to say Re the name sama could mean listening in a Sufi context as in the rite of that name and perhaps sprit is spirit with an elided i I ve noticed that the phrase sama sprit occurs in Indonesian and only in that language Therein sama means same but damned if I can find a translation for sprit from Indonesian or any other language Not very helpful I m afraid 11 52 pm Pliable said Thanks Philip and yes that samasprit trail does seem to lead to a dead end There are better things to spend our time on But the screaming headline was Exclusive international festival bars journalists from opening show Does what we know of samasprit really fit the profile of an established journalist Was the anonymity because he she is not Was the smokescreen of other names in subsequent posts an attempt to confuse Are there any corroborating reports of journalists being barred from the Fes festival elsewhere As Lebrecht is used as an authority by not only BBC Radio 3 but also BBC current affairs programmes these questions are not unimportant 7 30 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 New music from beneath the sands of Egypt Artistic director takes public stand against dumbi How new classical music audiences are seeing the l Excuse me but you are treading on an MP3 file What we need is a classical chart for challenging How classical music reached half a million young p Classical music must quit the

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  • On An Overgrown Path: One of classical music's great overlooked achievements
    What a coup I was equally astounded and excited when his appointment was announced Barshai was an orchestra builder much like Dorati and others and the VSO with a lot of veterans who had had it too easy for too long needed a bit of a shake up The first problem to occur was in rehearsals of a work with a prominent solo part for the first violin concert master Three times in succession he couldn t get through it and Barshai fired him And there were others he thought no longer fit for purpose But canning the first violin was the beginning of the end Barshai had supporters in the orchestra but they were vastly outnumbered by those who put friendship before competence and who also rebelled against a bit of old fashioned discipline which Barshai certainly exercised Constant rebellion was the order of the day and thus Barshai was gone in just over two years He did leave a legacy in the person of a new and very fine concert master but otherwise he had no chance to work the magic he could have done no chance to put the VSO on the map much as he did with the Bournemouth That audiences greeted many of his performances notably a Shostakovich Eighth with ecstasy counted for nothing notwithstanding that they and the taxpayers of Canada pay for this orchestra That I think is an interesting tale of an opportunity lost and why with some provincial orchestras such chances are lost But if Barshai ever read that Wiki entry he would have found himself written out of history and that would likely have brought back memories of the bad old days in Moscow Indeed I find the complete absence of Barshai from the Orchestra s history a touch creepy I d like to think there is an element of shame in this 9 42 pm Michael Strickland said Thanks for the recommendation I ve been discovering Shostakovich s symphonies in live performances over the last ten years in San Francisco iI s become some of my favorite orchestral music of all time and seems to be aging brilliantly 11 35 pm David said Yes this is absolutely one of the best cycles and the Thirteenth is THE greatest performance of that tricky work I ve ever heard Barshai was a great instrumentalist AND became a great conductor with unimpeachable authority like Rostropovich less technically adept a baton wielder Ignorant of the price but it is at least worth pointing out that Petrenko and the RLPO Naxos are dead cheap for individual instalments and just as compelling in very different ways Not to mention the LSO Rostropoviches now there the Eighth is right at the top of the tree 11 48 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: The primordial sounds of a 5000 year old gospel choir
    the poet Ted Hughes wrote about the sounds far beyond human words that open our deepest and innermost ghost to sudden attention he could have been writing about the sounds of both the Jajouka masters and the Copts What makes these ancient music traditions particularly valuable is that not only are they sound moving through time but they are also perennial wisdom moving through time In Morocco a chain of transmission links the Jajouka musicians to Ancient Greece than on to Sufism and via Rolling Stone Brian Jones to a music tradition that remains vibrant today In Egypt a similar chain links the Coptic Church to Ancient Egypt and powerful practices such as Hermeticism and Gnosticism via the early days of the Christian Church to a liturgy that is still celebrated in Coptic churches around the world Both are important music traditions and while the Coptic Liturgy may lack the hashish fuelled exoticism of Jajouka musicians it is no less rich in possibilities Also on Facebook and Twitter No review samples were involved in the preparation of this post 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 Posted by Pliable at Thursday June 06 2013 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Brian Jones Coptic Church egypt gnosticism Hermeticism Master Musicians of Jajouka sufism 3 comments David said This is where I wish you d succumb to some sort of YouTube clip I saw you once damned them as the last resort of the imaginatively challenged but it s often a very direct way of sharing your enthusiasms Won t you reconsider 5 17 pm Pliable said Thanks for the feedback David I must confess to not being a huge fan of YouTube or Twitter Facebook etc but you are correct that in the right circumstances it can add value To be honest searching out YouTube clips is not high on my priorities writing these posts takes long enough already But if there is something of specific value eg a sample of a specific recording or work I will try to include it I must confess I didn t look for clips of Coptic liturgy but I have now As with every subject there is a mass of relevant material on YouTube but of widely varying quality And there do not seem to be any samples of the specific recording I have featured which is of excellent quality Readers can browse the varying quality videos by searching for Coptic liturgy on YouTube If any are particularly striking please share them here 5 35 pm David said Absolutely Facebook and Twitter out for me but I m amazed by the rare archive footage that can turn up on YouTube There s at least one fan it seems for every artist great and more obscure on the planet 3 09 pm Post

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Exclusive - the truth behind that Boulez photo
    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 New music from beneath the sands of Egypt Artistic director takes public stand against dumbi How new classical music audiences are seeing the l Excuse me but you are treading on an MP3 file What we need is a classical chart for challenging How classical music reached half a million young p Classical music must quit the shallows for deeper Will Pablo Casals be trending this autumn Research proves audiences become what they listen Black conductor appointed at leading orchestra Classical music may not be not elitist but its pri Musicians honoured in new museum of exile Britten pacifism and mistaken identity What would you do if your homeland was invaded We just try to charge a fair price and we pay our She sang for those about to be executed Five tips on how to survive a music festival One of classical music s great overlooked achievem The primordial sounds of a 5000 year old gospel ch Exclusive the truth behind that Boulez photo Now let s hear it for a composer anniversary Classical music s mighty and single cosmic rhythm Composer anniversaries are the product of complace Another day another classical music anniversary 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Now let's hear it for a composer anniversary
    chamber choir Both Les sourires de Bouddha and Et la rivière chante l éternité are available on CD from the enterprising and independent French Editions Hortus label Les sourires de Bouddha for which a reviewer s listening notes mention hints of Ligeti Penderecki and Stimmung comes on a 19 minute CD single in an exemplary performance by the Toulouse based chamber choir Les Élements conducted by Joël Suhubiette Et la rivière chante l éternité is post Jolivet in style and comes on a full length CD coupled with two other works by Ton That Tiêt The performances are by the Ensemble Les Temps Modernes who champion a number of contemporary composers including Tristan Murail and the sound captured in the Salle Varèse in Lyon by the Editions Hortus production team is both appropriate and excellent English interview with Ton That Tiêt here French resources include Jean Sébastien Dureau and Vincent Planès excellent website Featured CDs can be bought from the English language Editions Hortus online shop Editions Hortus discs can also be bought from the MusicWeb International website Also on Facebook and Twitter Featured discs were provided as requested review samples 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 Posted by Pliable at Wednesday June 05 2013 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Andrée Vaurabourg arthur honegger Editions Hortus Ensemble Les Temps Modernes Jean Rivier ls André Jolivet Ton That Tiet 1 comment Keith Parry said Thank you for bringing my attention to a composer that I didn t know of His work sounds fascinating and I will certainly listen to it now 8 40 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 New music from beneath the sands of Egypt Artistic director takes public stand against dumbi How new classical music audiences are seeing the l Excuse me but you are treading on an MP3 file What we need is a classical chart for challenging How classical music reached half a million young p Classical music must quit the shallows for deeper Will Pablo Casals be trending this autumn Research proves audiences become what they listen Black conductor appointed at leading orchestra Classical music may not be not elitist but its pri Musicians honoured in new museum of exile Britten pacifism and mistaken identity What would you

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