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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Recordings of Machaut's Motets
« Last post by Mandryka on Today at 09:07:23 PM »
19, Diligenter inquiramus / Martyrum gemma latria / A Christo honoratus is also a three voice motet entirely in Latin. And like 18, it is the celebration of a person, in this case St Quintin, whose cult was particularly active in Reims, and responsible for the completion of some significant architectural projects.

In addition to HE and EMN I’ve found recorded three other recorded performances - Cantica Symphonia, Clerks Group and Liber Unusualis



What seems to me really interesting at the moment is the contrast between EMN and Cantica Symphonia. As with M18, EMN’s interpretation is bracing and functions as a study in rhythms shifting from one voice to another. Their vigour is totally winning, and it seems to befit a motet which talks, in one of the poems, about St Quintin’s prouesse.

Cantica Symphonia replace the tenor (A christo honoratus) with a viol type instrument. The result is greater clarity of the poems which carry the burden of meaning. They sing in a more sensual and fluid way that ECM, I would say with an emphasis more on feeling than rhythm.  Their expressive singing is counterbalanced by an extraordinary impression of control and poise. Using a sustaining instrument for the tenor in this motet, a practice which reminds me of using organ instead of sung tenor in polyphonic chant, brings great benefits to the music. I like what they do very much.

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One of the groups I play with is the National Concert Band of America. Our next concert is on October 28th. One of the works we have programed is a work that is new to me. The Chorale and Shaker Dance by John P. Zdechlik. I am only familiar with one of Zdechlik's chamber works.


Link to recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUeft1Wehv0

Link to information about work: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chorale_and_Shaker_Dance
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Composer Discussion / Re: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
« Last post by (poco) Sforzando on Today at 07:50:51 PM »
Yes, but the relevant point in time is when people were mucking about with Beethoven's symphonies, not when he was writing them.

In any case, Beethoven himself was doing it in his later works, and Schubert did it plenty, so one doesn't have to go at all far into the future before people wouldn't be going "my God, you can't possibly put an A minor movement next to an F major one so we must transpose it".

Of course. Chopin 2nd Ballade.

But more standard key relationships were the norm in this period. And yes, there were exceptions: LvB piano concerto 3, where the outer movements are in C minor and the slow movement in E major. Haydn E-flat major piano sonata, where the slow movement is in E major. And actually the LvB 7th does put a movement in A minor next to one in F (the scherzo). The sequence of tonalities in the 8th, however, is quite conventional: F-Bb-F-F.
 
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The Jazz Lounge / Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Last post by Undersea on Today at 07:43:29 PM »
NP:



Charles Mingus - East Coasting


From the pictured Box-Set.
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The Jazz Lounge / Re: Jazz Purchases
« Last post by Undersea on Today at 07:11:54 PM »
Picked up this 5-CD set:

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Max Boot is an arch-neocon and tied in with Bill Kristol, who never saw an American intervention that didn’t require more troops and longer commitments so consider the source

Now that Trump is kowtowing to the house of Saud, in allegiance to Israel in order to further the Cold War with Iran perhaps he finds his criticism premature

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if U.S. troops had stuck around, they might have suffered casualties, although in the South, Vietnam, and Iraq casualties had been reduced to close to nothing by the time U.S. forces pulled out. But at the very least a prolonged U.S. commitment, manned by volunteers, could have allowed those who were willing and able to fight to see through the commitments that brought America into those conflicts in the first place.

https://www.commentarymagazine.com/american-society/military/americas-habit-of-losing-war-victory/
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The Diner / Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Last post by bwv 1080 on Today at 06:47:32 PM »
Can you let us know how that goes?

Ep 3 (the only one I have seen) is like a Twilight Zone episode

Good stuff
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The Diner / Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Last post by milk on Today at 06:36:26 PM »
The Romanovs
Can you let us know how that goes?
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The Diner / Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Last post by bwv 1080 on Today at 06:33:36 PM »
The Romanovs
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