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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So, at last, Le Chant de Venus ( Viola Concerto in 3 movts ) is edited and will wing it's way to Paris this coming week.

Pete ( the editor ) and myself thrashed out the last few controversal questions over the phone last Tuesday.

 This work is a Love Story and I wrote it as a Piano and Viola Rhapsody in 2004. In this story, The Animus and Anima ( Venus and Mars ) meet and fall in love. All very fine until......doubt,  parental and social conditioning  enter the picture!! It depicts ....particularly in the second movement how our ideas of Romantic Love are fashioned very early in life by our parents and ancestors...quite unconsciously of course!!

 In the second movement after the first, which is full of joy, play and  spontaneous love, we hear the emptiness and agony of doubt...depicted here by repeated intervals of a fifth in the Viola.

 He...the Animus feels uneasy and then in the course of the movement he becomes ' conscious ' and realises that his discomfort is caused by  seeing his mother in his beloved and furthermore that he, his mother and his Beloved are really aspects of himself being projected from within himself into the manifest realm.

Quite naturally, he is uncomfortable with this incestuous image. However, in this case, he realises it is a ' projection' and in that realisation begins to see his beloved as she really is.

 There follows a healing and resolution. The third and last movement is full of joy, playfulness and wholeness.!! Voila !! a rarity!! a real, whole human relationship!! Have a lovely evening all xx

 

 

It's my Birthday today so I spent alot of the day thinking about and sketching a version of the well known Happy Birthday Song, scored for SATB, Chorus and Orchestra....it was fun!! I also celebrated with family and a friend......Have a lovely evening all xx

 

I said that I needed to reflect on why some pages in the score I went to collect were actually upside down!! A really stupid ' mistake'

. It's just dawned on me after a lengthy conversation with a good friend , who when I moved into my present home ( an appartment with a small garden ), agreed to house my Piano for me. It's a Bluthner Grand, a beautiful instrument but I was worried about the neighbours!!! Ha ha!!

As a result I sent it to Paris 13 years ago. I did not realise at the time what I was doing!!

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Le Chant de Venus is a Viola Concerto that I have referred to before. I sketched it in 2004 and then worked on it as a Piano and Viola Piece with Joel Soultanian from Ensemble Orchestre de Paris. Joel was a great help to me in writing for the Viola for the first time.

During the following years, I was occupied with studying the huge subject of Orchestration, then eventually , about 18 months ago, I turned my attention to the Piano Score of the Viola Concerto again and began to orchestrate it.

 Recently I submitted the ' completed '  Score to Pete....my Editor in London. We have been working on it for the last 3 or 4 months and it has been a very interesting and absorbing experience. I know that Joel ( the Violist ) wondered if I would ever finish this work!! He was justifiied!!

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Henry's Bar is a small on the street Bar which attracts an international crowd of interesting people of all shapes and sizes.

We have Danes, Swedish, Canadian, French, British ,Dutch and so on......! As an added plus, we have a Staff who are charming, polite, have a  sense of humour and speak several languages!!  The coffee and the wine are awful but somehow it is of no importance when with this crowd.

Sometimes I take my score here to work and other times, I like to just be with the crowd. Recently, I was approached by a Canadian and his wife, whom I have come to know as ' regulars' here. Monsieur began talking about a recording of a Bruckner Symphony he had listened to. His complaint was that it was ' too slow' and lacked ' aggression '!!!!!!! Indeed I raised my eyebrows at the description! Should Music be ' aggressive'?? 

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