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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 459 Jergat 09-Feb-04 08:32
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Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 112 Hoppy 10-Feb-04 00:59
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 109 fiascohoho 10-Feb-04 02:38
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 101 Jergat 10-Feb-04 05:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 169 Briffits 10-Feb-04 09:27
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 126 Milo 10-Feb-04 16:17
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 128 Paul Cochrane 10-Feb-04 17:48
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 112 Milo 10-Feb-04 18:11
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 109 David L 10-Feb-04 18:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 99 Milo 10-Feb-04 18:46
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 121 Paul Cochrane 10-Feb-04 18:43
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 99 Briffits 10-Feb-04 22:12
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 111 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:05
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 111 Briffits 11-Feb-04 00:03
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Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 108 Briffits 11-Feb-04 10:25
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 109 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:19
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 104 Briffits 11-Feb-04 20:19
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 104 Milo 11-Feb-04 23:01
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 106 Briffits 12-Feb-04 00:23
Henceforth and forthwith... 124 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:53
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 105 Milo 11-Feb-04 17:08
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 113 Briffits 11-Feb-04 19:17
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 102 Milo 11-Feb-04 19:30
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 112 Hoppy 10-Feb-04 14:55
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 113 David L 10-Feb-04 01:23
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 121 Milo 10-Feb-04 02:15
Music from other spheres 124 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 02:59
Re: Music from other spheres 98 Milo 10-Feb-04 03:11
Possibly wrong again 109 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 03:15
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Re: Possibly wrong again 106 fiascohoho 10-Feb-04 03:49
Talking of Bach.... 108 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 09:29
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 113 David L 10-Feb-04 18:32
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 94 Milo 10-Feb-04 18:58
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 112 fiascohoho 10-Feb-04 02:29
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 122 David L 10-Feb-04 18:39
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 108 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:01
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 107 David L 10-Feb-04 19:12
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 109 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:20
Gifts 98 Jergat 10-Feb-04 20:44
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 113 David L 10-Feb-04 23:35
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 156 Saorsa 10-Feb-04 14:38
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 102 David L 10-Feb-04 19:05
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 158 Saorsa 11-Feb-04 08:29
Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 125 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 15:05
Re: Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 112 David L 10-Feb-04 18:51
Re: Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 115 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:04
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Re: Listening By Numbers 108 Briffits 11-Feb-04 03:11
Re: Listening By Numbers 112 Thirdwave 12-Feb-04 17:46
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 112 Kees 10-Feb-04 15:25
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 100 Hoppy 10-Feb-04 18:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 136 Mark Staab 11-Feb-04 06:08
Work work work 112 Kees 11-Feb-04 10:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 100 David L 10-Feb-04 19:24
Books 105 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 22:36
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The yoga of sound 121 Kees 11-Feb-04 21:55
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Small world indeed 104 Kees 11-Feb-04 22:42
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Spirtual arrogance and delusion 113 Richard Fusniak 12-Feb-04 02:18
An apology 100 Richard Fusniak 12-Feb-04 12:34
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The wheel of life. 109 Richard Fusniak 13-Feb-04 01:32
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