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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 437 Jergat 09-Feb-04 08:32
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Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 107 Hoppy 10-Feb-04 00:59
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 103 fiascohoho 10-Feb-04 02:38
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 95 Jergat 10-Feb-04 05:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 164 Briffits 10-Feb-04 09:27
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 119 Milo 10-Feb-04 16:17
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 121 Paul Cochrane 10-Feb-04 17:48
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 107 Milo 10-Feb-04 18:11
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 102 David L 10-Feb-04 18:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 92 Milo 10-Feb-04 18:46
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 116 Paul Cochrane 10-Feb-04 18:43
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 93 Briffits 10-Feb-04 22:12
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 105 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:05
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 105 Briffits 11-Feb-04 00:03
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Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 102 Briffits 11-Feb-04 10:25
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 103 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:19
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 98 Briffits 11-Feb-04 20:19
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 97 Milo 11-Feb-04 23:01
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 100 Briffits 12-Feb-04 00:23
Henceforth and forthwith... 118 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:53
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 98 Milo 11-Feb-04 17:08
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 107 Briffits 11-Feb-04 19:17
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 96 Milo 11-Feb-04 19:30
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 106 Hoppy 10-Feb-04 14:55
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 106 David L 10-Feb-04 01:23
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 115 Milo 10-Feb-04 02:15
Music from other spheres 118 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 02:59
Re: Music from other spheres 92 Milo 10-Feb-04 03:11
Possibly wrong again 102 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 03:15
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Musical mediums 106 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 12:58
Musical plane 116 Kees 10-Feb-04 13:53
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Poo-Pooing "channels" 99 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 22:19
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Re: Possibly wrong again 100 fiascohoho 10-Feb-04 03:49
Talking of Bach.... 102 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 09:29
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 107 David L 10-Feb-04 18:32
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 88 Milo 10-Feb-04 18:58
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 106 fiascohoho 10-Feb-04 02:29
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 115 David L 10-Feb-04 18:39
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 102 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:01
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 100 David L 10-Feb-04 19:12
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 101 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:20
Gifts 91 Jergat 10-Feb-04 20:44
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 107 David L 10-Feb-04 23:35
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 150 Saorsa 10-Feb-04 14:38
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 96 David L 10-Feb-04 19:05
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 153 Saorsa 11-Feb-04 08:29
Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 118 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 15:05
Re: Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 106 David L 10-Feb-04 18:51
Re: Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 109 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:04
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Re: Listening By Numbers 110 David L 10-Feb-04 23:39
Re: Listening By Numbers 103 Briffits 11-Feb-04 03:11
Re: Listening By Numbers 107 Thirdwave 12-Feb-04 17:46
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 105 Kees 10-Feb-04 15:25
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 94 Hoppy 10-Feb-04 18:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 130 Mark Staab 11-Feb-04 06:08
Work work work 106 Kees 11-Feb-04 10:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 94 David L 10-Feb-04 19:24
Books 98 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 22:36
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The yoga of sound 115 Kees 11-Feb-04 21:55
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Small world indeed 98 Kees 11-Feb-04 22:42
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Spirtual arrogance and delusion 107 Richard Fusniak 12-Feb-04 02:18
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The wheel of life. 102 Richard Fusniak 13-Feb-04 01:32
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