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    Oh, I must not have seen the request for submissions.

    Okay, I will PM you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thejewk View Post
    I'd like to join in on this, let me know if you want a submission from me @Art Rock.
    You're in. Please send a submission including YouTube link by PM. Thanks.

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    I'll be interested to see what you guys put forward.

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    Players (nominations received):

    1846
    Allegro con Brio
    San Antone
    SuperTonic
    thejewk

    I will post the five nominated works (an interesting mix!) tomorrow. We still have space for a 6th until then.

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    Pianozach will be the sixth. No more nominations for this month.

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    Here are the six nominated works.

    1846:
    Kassiani - Hymn of Kassiani (around 850)



    Allegro con Brio:
    Duruflé - Prélude, Recitatif, and Variations for Flute, Viola, and Piano (1928)



    Pianozach:
    Martin, G. - Pepperland [from Yellow Submarine] (1968)



    San Antone:
    Britten - Nocturnal after John Dowland for guitar (1963)



    SuperTonic :
    Huang Ruo - Chamber Concerto No. 1 "Yueh Fei" (2000)

    This link should take you to the first movement, and you should be able to listen to all 5 movements in sequence from there:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5VD...VszPhSxAONozw4

    thejewk:
    Telemann - Fantasia for Flute (or alto recorder) no. 10 (1732)



    These six nominators have until the end of October to listen to all nominated pieces and write a (short or longer) review what they think of them. Also, feel free to introduce your own choices in this thread.

    Everyone else can give their reactions to any of these pieces at any time as well in this thread. I do request to keep the discussion focused on the six pieces, and not start a general discussion on e.g. early music, baroque, contemporary, film music, etc.

    If there is sufficient interest, I will ask for November submissions in the last week of October.
    Last edited by Art Rock; Sep-27-2021 at 10:14.

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    Sounds very interesting, Arty, but my SQ obsession / blogging is taking all my time up (and costing Malx lots of money). Here's wishing this project well. If its as fulfilling as the weekly SQ thread it should be very enjoyable.

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    Martin, G. - Pepperland [from Yellow Submarine]

    Being a very short piece, I listened to it twice. The best I can say about it is that it's short.

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    Kassiani - Hymn of Kassiani (around 850)

    I had heard the name before, but never heard her music - apart from a couple of CDs of Gregorian (and Ambrosian) chants and a dozen or so of Hildegard von Bingen, there is basically no pre-renaissance music in my collection. So it was an interesting choice from my perspective. I can't tell whether it is the writing or the performance, but I liked the part where the women sang the lines far better than the men's initial part or the final. That said, this work does not inspire me to check out more of Kassiani - simply not my cup of tea.

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    Martin, G. - Pepperland [from Yellow Submarine]

    There is definitely a place for music like this and I'm sure there are many people who would enjoy it, but I'm afraid I'm not one of them. That's all I have to say about this one I'm afraid.


    Kassiani - Hymn of Kassiani (around 850)


    This on the other hand was fascinating to hear. It is my first exposure to music in this style and period, and is by far the oldest piece of music I can say I've ever heard. There's an interesting, though likely apocryphal, back story to this hymn on wiki involving what sounds like a medieval version of a bad reality TV show for anyone who is curious about it. I enjoyed hearing it, though I think the style, being mostly a monophonic melody sung over a drone, might wear thin on multiple hearings.

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    The links to the individual movements on the Youtube playlist for the Huang Ruo Chamber Concert no. 1 don't appear to be working. This link should take you to the first movement, and you should be able to listen to all 5 movements in sequence from there.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5VD...VszPhSxAONozw4
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    I've edited this into the overview post (#21).

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    Huang Ruo - Chamber Concerto No. 1 "Yueh Fei" (2000)

    I had never heard of this composer but from what I've read he is someone I am interested in. Here's a note from the Wikipedia article on him:

    Christina Mamakos, who has created an installation combining Huang's music with a video, defines the technique he calls "dimensionalism" as follows: "Using an inventive musical voice which draws equal inspiration from Chinese folk, western avant-garde, rock and jazz, Ruo creates a seamless series of musical works that do not necessarily exist in the sound world of our daily life."
    This is exactly the kind of composer that I find most interesting and so I was looking forward to experiencing his music.

    My first impressions of the work under discussion are that it is an episodic piece, which obviously includes elements from Chinese musical traditions as well as Western Classical music (I didn't hear anything from rock and jazz). But I felt that it never took off. Each episodic theme seemed to lead to another one, and then another one, but never developing into a longer related structure.

    Of course this is just my first listen, but my practice has always been to give a work some time to grab me - and if it doesn't, then I move on. However I did listen to the complete work.

    While I liked many of the episodes, and think this composer is someone I will investigate further, this particular work did not hold my interest.

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    Kassiani - Hymn of Kassiani (around 850)

    I love this kind of music, although while I was aware of the Hymn of Kassia I'd never listened to this work.

    Very meditative, conducive to creating a sacred environment. It is my belief that humanity peaked early, prior to the development of technology, at least the kind of technology which began to alter our culture. I have thought for some time that since the invention of the personal computer and then the Internet, our culture has suffered dramatically. Music like this which employs nothing more than the human voice is very moving, and transports my imagination away from the ills of modern life.

    I grieve for the loss of the kind of spirituality that produced this music. I detest the worship of technology which saturates our culture today. Aside from the trivial aspect of convenience, IMO, technology has introduced more bad than good into our lives.

    The music from Gregorian Chant, Hildegard von Bingen and now Kassia, is some small antidote to the coarseness which pervades our culture.

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    Thanks for setting this up, Art Rock.

    A general observation first. 5 out of the 6 pieces are unknown to me, which is a good thing, given the purpose of the exercise. However, I'm struck by the part mood plays in attempting to access new music. One is not always in the mood to listen to a new piece - in fact, any piece if it doesn't complement one's mood at the time of listening. It may seem obvious, but it should be borne in mind when reading responses to each piece. (I had a very late night last night, and it was interrupted by a trip to the hospital at 4am.)

    I've listened to the Duruflé, Kassia and Martin, but had to stop during the Britten - I'd already exhausted my willingness to be challenged! I'll come back to it later.

    The Martin - the one piece I know - is delightful, suited to the purpose of a screen soundtrack to support the animation, aimed at establishing that Pepperland is a place of simple musical harmony and melody. It contrasts superbly with Eleanor Rigby which follows the introduction, and later, with the various pieces composed for the different seas the Fab Four journey through. If you're not familar with the movie or the music, at least bear in mind that it was not written as a concert piece, or as "absolute music".

    The vernacular style of the Kassia, and the words I found a hindrance to engagement, but by the end, I was aware of the trance like state that was beginning to be created around me. I wonder if those 'singing' the drone part had to do that for the entire piece, or whether they took turns in order that their vocal chords gt a break!

    I liked the Duruflé up until the flute went mad, disturbing the calm at first generated by the piece. While calm was restored, I'd become distracted and should not have attempted the Britten. I needed to stop and will come back later.

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