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Indeterminacy, Some Project Notes


John Cage’s Sonata and Interludes for Prepared Piano Visual Sound (Pink Sedum) for Prepared Pasta Maker

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NaBloPoMo XXII: Walking on the Edge of the World, Capturing Rainbows: (What I’ve Been Singing This Week)


Isn’t this a lovely lullaby? You can’t have a repertoire without a lullaby or 20 in it, can you?

Secret Garden is the duo of Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and Norwegian composer and pianist Rolf Lovland. They’ve won Eurovision twice (for Norway) and are the originators of the song You Raise Me Up which everybody on the planet has recorded (this is only a slight exaggeration). I sing it myself. (Why let the professionals have all the good tunes)?

I walk to my singing lessons. It’s a steep uphill climb all the way. My walk takes me past a cemetery, but on the other side of the road. Yesterday, icy rain was falling on the cemetery, but not on my side of the road, or me, where the sun had come out. I felt like I was walking on the edge of the world. Continue reading

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NaBloPoMo XIII: What I’ve Been Singing This Week: La Pastourelle


The pastoral convention sometimes uses the device of “singing matches” between two or more shepherds, and it often presents the poet and his friends in the (usually thin) disguises of shepherds and shepherdesses. Themes include, notably, love and death. Encyclopaedia Britannica Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Singing This Week: The Cloths of Heaven


The Cloths of Heaven is a song composed by Ivor Gurney, (1890-1937) set to a poem (Aedh wishes for the Cloths of Heaven) by Irish poet W B Yeats ( 1865-1939). In the video above Anthony Hopkins reads the poem.

Below is the song interpreted by Ian Bostridge.

Gurney led a tragic life. He passed his final 15 years in mental institutions, dying at 47 of Tuberculosis, in an asylum in Dartford, having been moved there after an escape attempt, far from his native and beloved Gloucestershire. His decline seems to have been triggered by his experiences during World War I. Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Singing: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock): Schubert


  I had a go at this in a lesson at about 9.30 in the morning. “Do you want to try something really challenging?” “Go on, then, … ” I responded.  (I need to learn how to say no). This … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Singing This Week : Wiegenlied (Op. 98, No.2): Schubert


I’ve a few Wiegenlied in my repertoire now (Wiegenlied meaning Cradle Song, of course).  The first I sang was Mozart’s – it was the first solo song given to me to have a go at – and it was over … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Singing This Week: Nella Fantasia


The melody to Nella Fantasia (In My Fantasy) is Gabriel’s Oboe from the 1986 film The Mission which starred Jeremy Irons as Father Gabriel and Robert De Niro. On a mission to convert New World natives, Father Gabriel approaches a waterfall with … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Singing This Week (II): Time to Say Goodbye


Here’s the second in two favourites from my song-hopping session with my singing coach Christine (Hubbard International). This is Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman.  Neither of these singers needs an introduction, so just go ahead and enjoy the song. Sing … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Singing This Week (I): I Know That My Redeemer Liveth: Handel


  Had a song-hopping session with Christine (Hubbard International). Sing through one song in a book after another. Talk about vocal gymnastics.  There are so many beautiful songs to sing! How to leave any out? So I’m posting two I … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Singing: For You: John Denver


I was introduced to this song last week as a possibility for my ‘pop’ repertoire. It’s a lovely lovely song from the lovely John Denver whose tragic and too early passing, is to be forever mourned.  Sing along!  Sing like … Continue reading

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