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  • On An Overgrown Path: Classical music's mighty and single cosmic rhythm
    Mace a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge who wrote a book in the middle of the seventeenth century entitled Musik s Monument In the last chapter he speculates on the method of communication that will be used in heaven by members of the diverse nationalities there assembled There must so he argues be a common language intelligible to all mankind and the only known language that fulfils that condition is music Many of Marco Pallis fellow perennialists followed the esoteric route from Catholicism to Sufism but he found his spiritual destination in Buddhism and became an acknowledged authority on the Tibetan tradition His best selling book Peaks and Lamas which Philip Glass acknowledges as an influence was the product of several trips to Tibet in the 1930s Pallis converted to Buddhism in 1936 and after the Second World War returned to Tibet where he studied with lamas and took the name Thubden Tendzin after being ordained Following his visit to Tibet Pallis lived in Kalimpong in West Bengal where a harpsichord graced his home After the Chinese invasion of Tibet Pallis returned to live in London where he championed the Tibetan cause At the same time he established his reputation as a musician by teaching viol at the Royal Academy of Music and reformed the English Consort of Viols which went on to make several groundbreaking records see above Pallis had a long correspondence with the Trappist monk and advocate of inter religious dialogue Thomas Merton and when the English Consort of Viols toured America in 1964 he visited Merton at the Abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky The invaluable compendium Merton Sufism The Untold Story has a chapter devoted to Merton Marco Pallis and the traditionalists Merton s published Asian journal which was written in 1968 during the trip which ended with the monk s tragic death in Bangkok contains no less than seventeen references to Pallis and Merton was planning to visit him in Wales on the return leg of the fateful trip Marco Pallis was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and in 1989 composed a String Quartet in F for the Salomon Quartet which was performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London To my knowledge the quartet has not been recorded but the score remains in print and is described in the publisher s catalogue as follows this hauntingly beautiful piece with echoes of the style of Henry Purcell lies within the range of an advanced student quartet When Pallis died aged ninety four in June 1989 he was tantalisingly working on an opera about the life of the Tibetan saint Milarepa At which point the wheel of life brings this post full circle Because the Temple of the Thousand Buddhas at La Boulaye in France was inspired by the teaching of Milarepa and after visiting the temple in 2009 I featured it in a post about the string quartets of Jonathan Harvey one of the composers who was linked at the

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Composer anniversaries are the product of complacency
    exposure for the overexposed equals ennui among an audience that can stay home and listen in comfort to familiar chestnuts from a vast catalog of fine recordings https www facebook com john m williams 7 4 01 pm Philip Amos said Tom Service next to a portrait of Wagner and apparently just staring into the middle distance Apt I think Service it was who in a Guardian column about music used in movies wrote that Wagner s Valkyries were bloodthirsty creatures who roamed the world killing warriors In the furore that followed one commenter was suspended from making comments in the Guardian and I very nearly was an honour which I regret was denied me Service s editor interceded to say that he didn t like the lad being attacked by brutes like me and everyone was entitled to his own view of what Valkyries did Ah post modern music journalism On the bright side unless they have a musical wing ding for the 450th anniversary of his birth I shall be dead before the next Vivaldi celebration At least I hope so Just the thought of a solid week of Vivaldi and Pet Rock Trelawney makes me reach for the smelling salts 10 05 pm ghooper said Let s be fair Yes Tom Service can be sloppily journalistic as indeed can Alex Ross witness the repetition of that alleged Britten Nono incident at Dartington whilst ignoring the evidence for their friendly relations which of course would spoil a good story However Service s series of enthusiastic and refreshingly non partisan introductions to a wide range of contemporary composers in the Guardian was surely a good thing for which he deserves credit 4 39 pm Pliable said Thanks for that gh and you make a fair point The purpose of my post was not to denigrate Tom Service s ability as a journalist but rather to lament the current obsession with composer anniversaries But I am afraid that for me at least Service s status as a fully paid up member of the BBC Radio 3 mutual admiration society precludes any possibility of taking his journalism seriously 7 16 pm George Hooper said Fully agree with your comments on the centenarian industry What was once a useful lever for raising the neglected from undeserved obscurity has just become a PR bandwagon for more of the same My comment on Tom Service was really aimed at the previous commentator 9 31 am Philip Amos said gh I think I was indeed being perfectly fair Service s doctoral thesis was on the music of a contemporary composer and I concluded some time back that it is almost entirely in that world that he dwells Otherwise his knowledge of classical music seems to me scanty replete with huge lacunae and thus much given to error The Valkyrie business turned into a furore because for a number of people it was obviously the final straw For all I know he may be a very

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Another day - another classical music anniversary
    Pliable said Thanks Aaken hope this helps http www overgrownpath com 2013 06 now lets hear it for composer html 12 37 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 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: The Year is '72
    of Bloody Sunday Rubbra s encapsulation of the Christian message and homage to polyphony must have seemed very out of step with the zeitgeist of 1972 But his central themes proved to be remarkably prescient and were a precursor to a group of composers that can be said to loosely include Arvo Pärt John Tavener and James MacMillan But sadly even though Rubbra can be identified as a forerunner of some of today s fashionable composers his works remain resolutely unfashionable in the concert hall although the Fourth Symphony was performed at the Proms a while back His neglect may have something to do with the fact that his scores are published by Lengnick a subsidiary of a pop publisher Complete Music His Ninth Symphony like most of his compositions remains a rarity reserved for the recording studio Fortunately we are well served by the magnificent premiere recording with Lynne Dawson soprano Della Jones alto Stephen Roberts baritone and the BBC National Chorus of Wales and BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Richard Hickox Here as a sampler of this magnificent work are three brief audio files From the Prelude From the Chorus Crux Fidelis From the Chorale Almighty Lord we pray thee Next year is the twentieth anniversary of Rubbra s death Thankfully his publisher Lengnick is preparing a new edition for the anniversary It would be good if the BBC could give similar recognition at their Promenade Concerts or elsewhere But increasingly the internet driven BBC sees itself as a global brand delivering global music to global audiences Sadly in this brave new global world local masterpieces such as Rubbra s Ninth Symphony and Malcolm Arnold s similarly masterly and important ninth symphony increasingly fail to register on their global radar Regular readers will know I rate the music of J S Bach as one of the pinnacles of Western civilisation Currently the BBC are putting massive PR efforts behind their forthcoming and globally bankable Bach Christmas But I just wish 1 of those efforts could be put behind spreading the word about the music of Rubbra Arnold and other neglected 20th century composers Follow this link for the Edmund Rubbra website Credits Audio clips Amazon Photos B52 Air Force Link Bloody Sunday InfoSatellite com Rolling Stones Rocks Off Rubbra Paul James Ninth symphony CD Musicweb international Trivia corner In 1972 I was on a BBC training course follow this link for only the fourth personal photograph in 244 posts On An Overgrown Path Where are they now Chris Swann went on to direct some excellent TV arts programmes including the documentary with Humphrey Burton on the studio recording by Bernstein of his West Side Story Andrew Mussett was a fine BBC Radio 3 Producer before bailing out like many other talented people in the John Birt era Stewart Taylor moved from a career on the technical side to loudspeaker manufacturers KEF and Celestion Report broken links missing images and other errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot

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  • On An Overgrown Path: BBC Radio 3 - lies, damned lies, and statistics
    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 Different musical forms but the same essential tru More maestros masterpieces and madness Late night thoughts on listening to news about Ven Classical music is not a safe suburban pastime Ruminating on success When you hear hoofbeats think beyond Gregorian cha Late night thought listening to Silvestrov s Fifth Music that makes no noise of intrusion Classical music is not dead it is suburbanized Does the Rite of Spring have its roots in Sufism Independent record label 1 Corporate record lab Topical thoughts on listening to Britten s Noye s Listener is performer and performer is listener Chocolate is the root of all evil Are virtual concert halls the future of classical BBC Radio 3 lies damned lies and statistics Rameau takes a trip with Scott Ross Classical music takes the shape of the container t My world and my music are never one and the same Gustavo Dudamel to perform at Sochi Winter Olympic Rameau minus one elitist convention Let s refresh jaded ears with Classic Amnesia Be before all else a breathing animal 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

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Listener is performer and performer is listener
    the number of readers I have met face to face is still in single figures Every communicator needs an audience so at the risk of being accused of self aggrandisement I am linking to two recent confirmations that not only does On An Overgown Path have an audience but people are actually listening to what I am saying One example comes quite appropriately in view of the current state of classical music from the UK s busiest comedy discussion forum the other comes from David Derrick s The Toynbee convector a long running blog which reminds us that distance can bring wisdom to a subject such as classical music Follow the links here and here 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 Posted by Pliable at Thursday February 13 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels BBC world service berlin philharmonic orchestra david derrick herbert von karajan Rumi sufism 1 comment James said For what it s worth after finding Scott Ross and his wonderful Scarlatti I found your blog I ve been reading it for the last year or so Being sort of in the middle like I always am I get most of your sentiments on classical music I have a couple really good friends along with my father who is a musician that like classical music Otherwise 9 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 Different musical forms but the same essential tru More maestros masterpieces and madness Late night thoughts on listening to news about Ven Classical music is not a safe suburban pastime Ruminating on success When you hear hoofbeats think beyond Gregorian cha Late night thought listening to Silvestrov s Fifth Music that makes no noise of intrusion Classical music is not dead it is suburbanized Does the Rite of Spring have its roots in Sufism Independent record label 1 Corporate record lab Topical thoughts on listening to Britten s Noye s Listener is performer and performer is listener Chocolate is the root of all evil Are virtual concert halls the future of classical BBC Radio 3 lies damned lies and statistics Rameau takes a trip with Scott Ross Classical music takes the shape of the container t My world and my music are never one and the same Gustavo Dudamel to perform at Sochi Winter Olympic Rameau minus one elitist convention

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Topical thoughts on listening to Britten's Noye's Fludde
    critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Friday February 14 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels benjamin britten Paul Brunton 5 comments Pliable said There is video footage of the current floods with a classical soundtrack here http www youtube com watch v 7aEyxzcu4oE 2 57 pm Pliable said My thanks go to Stephen Whitaker for pointing out quite rightly that the opening sentence of the original version of this post confused the closing lines of The Golden Vanity and Noye s Fludde My mistake entirely a case of water on the brain I think now corrected 4 30 pm Pliable said Norman Perryman comments via Facebook Such beautiful words by Paul Brunton Read all Norman if you don t know them I strongly recommend Paul Brunton s A Search in Secret India and A Hermit In The Himalayas the quote is taken from the latter book http www randomhouse com au a hermit in the 4 56 pm Pliable said It should be pointed out that in the generally dependable Journeys East 20th Century Encounters with Eastern Religious Traditions Harry Oldmeadow has a generally negative view of Paul Brunton pointing out that his doctorate was self bestowed and saying that His ideas in his later years are almost self parodic quirky sometimes proposterous and anticipate some of the wilder shores of the later New Age movements Paul Brunton is one of the figures in esotericism Idries Shah is another who generate awe and incredulity in roughly equal measure But that is not a reason for ignoring them http www worldwisdom com public products 0 941532 57 7 Journeys East 20th Century Western Encounters with Eastern Religious Traditions aspx ID 117 7 27 pm David said Thanks for those wise words from Paul Brunton so beautifully expressed in a rather Mabeyesque way I didn t know this writer I ll go and find out more 7 45 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 Different musical forms but the same essential tru More maestros masterpieces and madness Late night thoughts on listening to news about Ven Classical music is not a safe suburban pastime Ruminating on success When you hear hoofbeats think beyond Gregorian cha Late night thought listening to Silvestrov s Fifth Music that makes no noise of intrusion Classical music is not dead it is suburbanized Does the Rite of Spring have its roots in Sufism Independent record label 1 Corporate record lab Topical thoughts

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Chocolate is the root of all evil
    for a while there I was all ears Bob but but this is sacrilege 4 06 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 Different musical forms but the same essential tru More maestros masterpieces and madness Late night thoughts on listening to news about Ven Classical music is not a safe suburban pastime Ruminating on success When you hear hoofbeats think beyond Gregorian cha Late night thought listening to Silvestrov s Fifth Music that makes no noise of intrusion Classical music is not dead it is suburbanized Does the Rite of Spring have its roots in Sufism Independent record label 1 Corporate record lab Topical thoughts on listening to Britten s Noye s Listener is performer and performer is listener Chocolate is the root of all evil Are virtual concert halls the future of classical BBC Radio 3 lies damned lies and statistics Rameau takes a trip with Scott Ross Classical music takes the shape of the container t My world and my music are never one and the same Gustavo Dudamel to perform at Sochi Winter Olympic Rameau minus one elitist convention Let s refresh jaded ears with Classic Amnesia Be before all else a breathing animal 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

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