MUSIC IS A MORAL LAW,
IT GIVES SOUL TO THE UNIVERSE
WINGS TO THE MIND.
FLIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION
A CHARM TO SADNESS
GAIETY AND LIFE TO EVERYTHING.
IT IS THE ESSENCE
OF ORDER AND LENDS TO ALL
THAT IS GOOD,JUST, AND BEAUTIFUL.
PLATO

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' Rhapsody' which was added to the music this evening is a 3 movt work. It is now orchestrated and the title has been changed to ' Le chant de Venus'. What you hear under ' Rhapsody' ( above ) is the second movt of a Viola and Piano version recorded in Paris by Joel Soultanian who is a member of the 'Orchestre Ensemble de Paris

'Le Chant de Venus' is a Love Story, as you might guess from the title...but not just any old Love Story!! and yet, the basis of every love story.

 This is about the Animus and the Anima...i.e the feminine and masculine energies in our collective and personal being ,which project into the physical world in competitive gender roles not only in relationships with others but primarily in the relationship we have with ourselves as individuals.


 

 In the first movt of the work , the two ( Animus and Anima ) are ' in Love' and totally complimentary, they simply don't know division...the Garden of Eden as it were before the serpent arrived to tempt Eve....(must have been a man who wrote that story Ha Ha!!! )

In the first movt the music describes joy, delight, rapture and indeed as Life and love should be and was before the ' serpent' arrived. The serpent represents ( in this context ) that which divides.....thus giving birth to ego consciousness.

 In the biblical story at this point, the couple began to cover themselves thus symbolising their feelings of  separation and polarisation for the first time. Right at the start of the 2nd movt ( above ),You can hear their immensly sad emotions....sensing/knowing something was lost ( their innocence and atonement ).

 The Viola plays chords of a fifth....this is an interval which is ' empty' , on the edge of the void as it were, Whilst the piano  expresses utter sadness with repeated minor seconds. Neither instrument plays a fixed role. At one moment the viola expresses the Animus and in another the Anima, Likewise the piano.Their roles have not yet become fixed and defined as we experience them in today's world.

  Gradually throughout the movt, there is an acceptance and surrender to something they cannot change. Towards the end of the movt, you can hear a dance rhythm as they begin to move together again in a new understanding but tinged with the sadness of loss.