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Hi Milo,

Yes one finds transcendance in the most unlikely places or contexts. In '89 or '90 an aquaintance of mine booked a US tour for this jazz duo from Russia called the Leningrad Duo, contrabass and trumpet. They performed at a small bar cum art gallery and their set consisted of two pieces one based on Indian forms and the other a half hour long sixteen part suite on Yankee Doodle. You think oh how cheezy, pandering to us yanks, no American group would have dared, but then few would have thought to divide it into two parts, one placing the tune in different idioms (Japan, Mississippi Delta, Balkans, etc.) and the other a series of dance variations of the tune (minuet, cancan, tango, foxtrot, disco, etc.). Who would have thought such depths and variety could be wrung from such a meagre theme. A friend of mine recorded it and it's a tape I still cherish. A couple years back I happened on a cheap used cd in the Russian section of the local shop with cyrillic lettering and underneath it the words Yankee Doodle. I thought can it be, yes, no longer the Leningrad Duo, as the city name no longer existed and they'd gone their separate ways, but had come together under their real names Vyacheslav Gayvoronsky and Vladimir Volkov, to document some of their old music.

Tonight not having heard it for awhile I pulled out Harawi - Songs of love and Death, the first part of Messiaen's Tristan Trilogy, a song cycle based on a Peruvian folk tale, some of it sung in Quechuan and played in this case by his widow Yvonne Loriod with soprano, Rachel Yakar. It occurred to me he might be right up your alley, so much of his music being based in theology, that I wondered if you were familiar with it. It differs from 19th C lieder in both the complexity of the rhythm structures and his penchant for incorporating birdsong in his scores, but is still recognizable as part of the canon of art song. His ouevre includes symphonies, an opera, St Francis of Assisi, hours of organ music, etc most of it involving Catholic theology in one way or another. His famous Quartet for the End of Time, is based on revelations and was both written and first performed on broken instruments in the Stalag 8 POW camp in 1941. The nine minute solo clarinet section, The Abyss of Birds, is truly awe inspiring.

Briffits

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Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 501 Jergat 09-Feb-04 08:32
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Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 133 Hoppy 10-Feb-04 00:59
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 130 fiascohoho 10-Feb-04 02:38
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 117 Jergat 10-Feb-04 05:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 188 Briffits 10-Feb-04 09:27
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 147 Milo 10-Feb-04 16:17
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 147 Paul Cochrane 10-Feb-04 17:48
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 131 Milo 10-Feb-04 18:11
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 127 David L 10-Feb-04 18:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 118 Milo 10-Feb-04 18:46
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 139 Paul Cochrane 10-Feb-04 18:43
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 118 Briffits 10-Feb-04 22:12
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 130 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:05
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 133 Briffits 11-Feb-04 00:03
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 127 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:07
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 127 Briffits 11-Feb-04 10:25
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 129 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:19
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 124 Briffits 11-Feb-04 20:19
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 124 Milo 11-Feb-04 23:01
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 127 Briffits 12-Feb-04 00:23
Henceforth and forthwith... 142 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:53
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 125 Milo 11-Feb-04 17:08
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 131 Briffits 11-Feb-04 19:17
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 123 Milo 11-Feb-04 19:30
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 132 Hoppy 10-Feb-04 14:55
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 131 David L 10-Feb-04 01:23
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 139 Milo 10-Feb-04 02:15
Music from other spheres 143 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 02:59
Re: Music from other spheres 117 Milo 10-Feb-04 03:11
Possibly wrong again 127 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 03:15
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Musical mediums 131 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 12:58
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Poo-Pooing "channels" 127 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 22:19
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Re: Possibly wrong again 126 fiascohoho 10-Feb-04 03:49
Talking of Bach.... 128 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 09:29
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 133 David L 10-Feb-04 18:32
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 114 Milo 10-Feb-04 18:58
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 132 fiascohoho 10-Feb-04 02:29
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 140 David L 10-Feb-04 18:39
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 127 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:01
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Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 129 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:20
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Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 134 David L 10-Feb-04 23:35
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 175 Saorsa 10-Feb-04 14:38
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 122 David L 10-Feb-04 19:05
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 179 Saorsa 11-Feb-04 08:29
Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 147 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 15:05
Re: Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 131 David L 10-Feb-04 18:51
Re: Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 133 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:04
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Re: Listening By Numbers 136 David L 10-Feb-04 23:39
Re: Listening By Numbers 127 Briffits 11-Feb-04 03:11
Re: Listening By Numbers 130 Thirdwave 12-Feb-04 17:46
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 132 Kees 10-Feb-04 15:25
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 120 Hoppy 10-Feb-04 18:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 155 Mark Staab 11-Feb-04 06:08
Work work work 132 Kees 11-Feb-04 10:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 118 David L 10-Feb-04 19:24
Books 123 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 22:36
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The yoga of sound 143 Kees 11-Feb-04 21:55
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Small world indeed 124 Kees 11-Feb-04 22:42
Re: Teachers 126 Richard Fusniak 11-Feb-04 23:24
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Spirtual arrogance and delusion 133 Richard Fusniak 12-Feb-04 02:18
An apology 119 Richard Fusniak 12-Feb-04 12:34
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The wheel of life. 128 Richard Fusniak 13-Feb-04 01:32
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