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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 661 Jergat 09-Feb-04 08:32
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Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 188 Hoppy 10-Feb-04 00:59
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 190 fiascohoho 10-Feb-04 02:38
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 171 Jergat 10-Feb-04 05:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 249 Briffits 10-Feb-04 09:27
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 206 Milo 10-Feb-04 16:17
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 204 Paul Cochrane 10-Feb-04 17:48
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 188 Milo 10-Feb-04 18:11
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 182 David L 10-Feb-04 18:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 176 Milo 10-Feb-04 18:46
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 193 Paul Cochrane 10-Feb-04 18:43
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 173 Briffits 10-Feb-04 22:12
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 187 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:05
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 189 Briffits 11-Feb-04 00:03
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 183 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:07
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 182 Briffits 11-Feb-04 10:25
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 188 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:19
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 178 Briffits 11-Feb-04 20:19
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 177 Milo 11-Feb-04 23:01
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 180 Briffits 12-Feb-04 00:23
Henceforth and forthwith... 197 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:53
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 181 Milo 11-Feb-04 17:08
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 183 Briffits 11-Feb-04 19:17
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 183 Milo 11-Feb-04 19:30
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 189 Hoppy 10-Feb-04 14:55
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 189 David L 10-Feb-04 01:23
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 199 Milo 10-Feb-04 02:15
Music from other spheres 199 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 02:59
Re: Music from other spheres 178 Milo 10-Feb-04 03:11
Possibly wrong again 181 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 03:15
Re: Possibly wrong again 183 Milo 10-Feb-04 03:24
Musical mediums 184 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 12:58
Musical plane 198 Kees 10-Feb-04 13:53
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Re: Musical mediums 194 Thirdwave 10-Feb-04 16:14
Re: Musical mediums 193 Milo 10-Feb-04 16:25
Re: Musical mediums 186 Thirdwave 10-Feb-04 19:02
Re: Musical mediums 178 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:10
Poo-Pooing "channels" 182 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 22:19
Re: Poo-Pooing 179 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:09
Re: Possibly wrong again 184 fiascohoho 10-Feb-04 03:49
Talking of Bach.... 188 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 09:29
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 187 David L 10-Feb-04 18:32
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 173 Milo 10-Feb-04 18:58
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 188 fiascohoho 10-Feb-04 02:29
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 199 David L 10-Feb-04 18:39
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 190 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:01
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 186 David L 10-Feb-04 19:12
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 191 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:20
Gifts 164 Jergat 10-Feb-04 20:44
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 192 David L 10-Feb-04 23:35
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 234 Saorsa 10-Feb-04 14:38
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 180 David L 10-Feb-04 19:05
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 239 Saorsa 11-Feb-04 08:29
Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 203 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 15:05
Re: Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 186 David L 10-Feb-04 18:51
Re: Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 189 Milo 10-Feb-04 19:04
Re: Pray Mr. Lamond, tell me... 178 David L 10-Feb-04 19:13
Listening By Numbers 209 Thirdwave 10-Feb-04 15:20
Re: Listening By Numbers 190 David L 10-Feb-04 19:19
Re: Listening By Numbers 177 Thirdwave 10-Feb-04 19:43
Re: Listening By Numbers 191 David L 10-Feb-04 23:39
Re: Listening By Numbers 183 Briffits 11-Feb-04 03:11
Re: Listening By Numbers 185 Thirdwave 12-Feb-04 17:46
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 187 Kees 10-Feb-04 15:25
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 183 Hoppy 10-Feb-04 18:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 211 Mark Staab 11-Feb-04 06:08
Work work work 191 Kees 11-Feb-04 10:36
Re: Music Synchronicity Part 2: Music vs. Idea 173 David L 10-Feb-04 19:24
Books 181 Richard Fusniak 10-Feb-04 22:36
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Teachers 186 Richard Fusniak 11-Feb-04 02:08
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Re: Teachers 191 Kees 11-Feb-04 10:16
Re: Teachers 179 David L 11-Feb-04 17:47
The yoga of sound 198 Kees 11-Feb-04 21:55
Re: The yoga of sound 182 David L 11-Feb-04 22:07
Small world indeed 176 Kees 11-Feb-04 22:42
Re: Teachers 186 Richard Fusniak 11-Feb-04 23:24
Re: Teachers 181 David L 12-Feb-04 01:49
Spirtual arrogance and delusion 190 Richard Fusniak 12-Feb-04 02:18
An apology 183 Richard Fusniak 12-Feb-04 12:34
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Re: An apology 212 David L 12-Feb-04 19:46
The wheel of life. 186 Richard Fusniak 13-Feb-04 01:32
The Catapillar and the Butterfly 188 Milo 13-Feb-04 01:35
Re: The Catapillar and the Butterfly 395 David L 13-Feb-04 02:52
Re: The wheel of life. 184 David L 13-Feb-04 02:50
Re: Teachers 183 Hoppy 11-Feb-04 03:19
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