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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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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Why the photo of the Dog on the site?? Well...for me it's very relevant. I live with a Dog! Not that Dog in the picture but a similar kind of a Dog. A ' person' who has all the qualities one looks for in close relationships with a fellow human and which is normally lacking or there's a price attached to it!!Qualities like unconditional Love, Patience, Calm, Respect are all a natural expression one can associate with a Dog or other Animal!!

My Hunting Dog is always with me during Creation and in the Forest when I walk in the Peace and Calm emanating from Nature, seeking Inspiration. She is with me in the evenings when I listen to Music...she has become a fan of Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky,Mahler and many others. I have noted that she is deeply calmed by good Music.

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