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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I have spent the last week orchestrating 'Ave Maria' ..if you haven't heard it, have a listen to it in it's original form for Soprano Solo and Piano.

Now...finally, after numerous corrections, eye straining scrutiny and appalling backache, it is a work for Soprano solo, SATB Choir, Flute, Tubular Bells and Strings.

 As I worked, I found myself musing on the comments of my friend and fellow Composer/Conductor Errol. He looked at the score of the first version with the possibility in mind of including it in a programme last year....actually the programme never materialised. His comment was..' Changes key too often for my taste and rather naive...'

 

As I reflected on that today, I thought that since this was a piece about the Virgin Mary , naivete was rather appropriate !! that is, if you believe that  'authentic' Virginity is anything to do with Sexuality rather than with Spirituality ,Personally, I'll take the latter view!!

 It also just occcurs to me that yet again, I have unconsciously worked with the Planets , since today ( the day I completed the work ) the Sun entered Virgo...the Virgin!! ruled by Mercury, the Planet of communication ,which has been ' retrograde' for a few weeks and is shortly to ' go direct'....

I have noticed a certain ' synchronicity ' with planetary movements before when working on a particular piece.....It's not particularly surprising since I study the Astrology of the moment every day but only as an amateur you understand!

Of this latest coincidence though, I was totally unaware until this evening. Have a lovely evening all xx