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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 602 Jergat 09-Feb-04 08:32
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Re: About the moderation process 179 Cleopatra 10-Feb-04 20:10
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 168 Hoppy 10-Feb-04 00:59
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 169 fiascohoho 10-Feb-04 02:38
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 150 Jergat 10-Feb-04 05:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 226 Briffits 10-Feb-04 09:27
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 184 Milo 10-Feb-04 16:17
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 181 Paul Cochrane 10-Feb-04 17:48
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 165 Milo 10-Feb-04 18:11
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 161 David L 10-Feb-04 18:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 153 Milo 10-Feb-04 18:46
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 173 Paul Cochrane 10-Feb-04 18:43
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 151 Briffits 10-Feb-04 22:12
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 167 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:05
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 166 Briffits 11-Feb-04 00:03
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 164 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:07
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 160 Briffits 11-Feb-04 10:25
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 163 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:19
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 158 Briffits 11-Feb-04 20:19
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 157 Milo 11-Feb-04 23:01
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 159 Briffits 12-Feb-04 00:23
Henceforth and forthwith... 175 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:53
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 161 Milo 11-Feb-04 17:08
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 161 Briffits 11-Feb-04 19:17
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 160 Milo 11-Feb-04 19:30
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 168 Hoppy 10-Feb-04 14:55
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 168 David L 10-Feb-04 01:23
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 181 Milo 10-Feb-04 02:15
Music from other spheres 175 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 02:59
Re: Music from other spheres 158 Milo 10-Feb-04 03:11
Possibly wrong again 162 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 03:15
Re: Possibly wrong again 162 Milo 10-Feb-04 03:24
Musical mediums 166 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 12:58
Musical plane 174 Kees 10-Feb-04 13:53
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Re: Musical mediums 173 Thirdwave 10-Feb-04 16:14
Re: Musical mediums 168 Milo 10-Feb-04 16:25
Re: Musical mediums 168 Thirdwave 10-Feb-04 19:02
Re: Musical mediums 159 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:10
Poo-Pooing "channels" 163 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 22:19
Re: Poo-Pooing 159 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:09
Re: Possibly wrong again 160 fiascohoho 10-Feb-04 03:49
Talking of Bach.... 166 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 09:29
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 167 David L 10-Feb-04 18:32
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 151 Milo 10-Feb-04 18:58
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 167 fiascohoho 10-Feb-04 02:29
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 176 David L 10-Feb-04 18:39
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 168 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:01
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 166 David L 10-Feb-04 19:12
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 171 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:20
Gifts 140 Jergat 10-Feb-04 20:44
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 170 David L 10-Feb-04 23:35
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 214 Saorsa 10-Feb-04 14:38
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 157 David L 10-Feb-04 19:05
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 216 Saorsa 11-Feb-04 08:29
Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 181 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 15:05
Re: Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 167 David L 10-Feb-04 18:51
Re: Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 167 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:04
Re: Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 156 David L 10-Feb-04 19:13
Listening By Numbers 188 Thirdwave 10-Feb-04 15:20
Re: Listening By Numbers 171 David L 10-Feb-04 19:19
Re: Listening By Numbers 155 Thirdwave 10-Feb-04 19:43
Re: Listening By Numbers 171 David L 10-Feb-04 23:39
Re: Listening By Numbers 162 Briffits 11-Feb-04 03:11
Re: Listening By Numbers 165 Thirdwave 12-Feb-04 17:46
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 164 Kees 10-Feb-04 15:25
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 163 Hoppy 10-Feb-04 18:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 188 Mark Staab 11-Feb-04 06:08
Work work work 170 Kees 11-Feb-04 10:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 152 David L 10-Feb-04 19:24
Books 162 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 22:36
Re: Books 157 David L 10-Feb-04 23:44
Teachers 165 Richard Fusniak 11-Feb-04 02:08
Re: Teachers 161 David L 11-Feb-04 03:07
Re: Teachers 171 Kees 11-Feb-04 10:16
Re: Teachers 161 David L 11-Feb-04 17:47
The yoga of sound 176 Kees 11-Feb-04 21:55
Re: The yoga of sound 159 David L 11-Feb-04 22:07
Small world indeed 157 Kees 11-Feb-04 22:42
Re: Teachers 165 Richard Fusniak 11-Feb-04 23:24
Re: Teachers 159 David L 12-Feb-04 01:49
Spirtual arrogance and delusion 170 Richard Fusniak 12-Feb-04 02:18
An apology 159 Richard Fusniak 12-Feb-04 12:34
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Re: An apology 187 David L 12-Feb-04 19:46
The wheel of life. 165 Richard Fusniak 13-Feb-04 01:32
The Catapillar and the Butterfly 167 Milo 13-Feb-04 01:35
Re: The Catapillar and the Butterfly 349 David L 13-Feb-04 02:52
Re: The wheel of life. 162 David L 13-Feb-04 02:50
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