Monday, January 30, 2006

Tempest

no comments... no responses... cant ever be a good sign. Well, for whatever crimes against the art i've committed... i apologize.

I was checking out some Sibelius recently- the incidental music to The Tempest, which, incidentally, im reading. Its great stuff -as all of sibelius' late work is. If i took a few passages from this piece you wouldnt know if you were listening to Britten or Prokofiev. This music constructs an atmosphere: moody, intense (often quite dissonant), surreal and perfectly fitting to a production of this very difficult play (which is, fittingly, atmospheric, moody, intense and surreal). This is inspired music, lyrical and expressive- full of ideas and interest. The music looks forward- not a concept commonly attached to Sibelius, but its true of his last pieces, which i believe are transcendent in a non-spiritual way- but they are in their own musical world.

"Hell is empty and all the devils are here!"

4 comments:

rgable said...

Although my listening queue is quite long right now, your post reminds me I haven't heard any Sibelius in awhile, which is a problem.

Robert Gabl
http://rgable.typepad.com/aworks

Bryant Manning said...

Keep playing and improvising; you're obviously a talent. I hope you're in music school to cultivate your skills, or atleast constantly around musicians.

Don't let the no comments thing bother you. Nobody comments on my blog anymore, and I think my writing has just now hit a stride. I've also started a classical music program at a hip hop/rock station and no classical bloggers have even given me a shout out. That's okay though, and I don't want to sound pitiful.

Inevitably, I think, nobody gives a shit.

Bryant Manning said...

In response:

If you posted crap, as you say M. Keiser, I wouldn't visit your blog daily. You've introduced me to a ton of stuff.

Peace dude.

Anonymous said...

Fzanti!

You worry too much