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Offline J.Z. Herrenberg

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7920 on: March 31, 2020, 03:04:08 PM »
Something of great interest in the news section on the HBS website.
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« Reply #7921 on: March 31, 2020, 03:11:02 PM »
Yes, this is exciting news! Almost as if Brian is speaking from the grave...
http://www.havergalbrian.org/news.php?id=40
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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7922 on: March 31, 2020, 05:09:48 PM »
Oh wow!!! That is very exciting news to hear there was a previously unknown symphony!!

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7923 on: March 31, 2020, 09:05:18 PM »
What's the date?

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7924 on: April 01, 2020, 06:15:25 AM »
Makes one wonder if there are any more pages of this work stuffed away somewhere. Was it Brian's habit to compose directly into full score?

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7925 on: April 01, 2020, 06:35:17 AM »
Makes one wonder if there are any more pages of this work stuffed away somewhere. Was it Brian's habit to compose directly into full score?

Well, tons of his works are lost or missing so the answer is definitely yes, many more pages stuffed away somewhere.

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7926 on: April 01, 2020, 08:52:17 AM »
Why'd they do this on April Fools Day? I don't know whether to believe it or not. The annoying thing is, that fragment does sound distinctly Brianic.

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7927 on: April 01, 2020, 12:02:19 PM »
Why'd they do this on April Fools Day? I don't know whether to believe it or not. The annoying thing is, that fragment does sound distinctly Brianic.

I indeed hear nothing but fingerprints.  :D
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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7928 on: April 02, 2020, 02:59:21 AM »
The truth can now be told - no, Brian 33 does not exist. This was an affectionate joke to the community in order to raise a smile in these straitened times. The inspired imitation was composed by none other than John Pickard, and no-one knows HB's sound-world better than he does. We hope that you all are keeping safe and well in the various parts of the world.

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« Reply #7929 on: April 02, 2020, 03:04:32 AM »
Haha! Brilliant! Yes, it was very late-Brian sounding, so this really convinced me. Well done, John Pickard!
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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7930 on: April 02, 2020, 06:04:23 AM »
The truth can now be told - no, Brian 33 does not exist. This was an affectionate joke to the community in order to raise a smile in these straitened times. The inspired imitation was composed by none other than John Pickard, and no-one knows HB's sound-world better than he does. We hope that you all are keeping safe and well in the various parts of the world.

If he has enough time to do that, have him do an orchestration of Prometheus Unbound please!  The vocal score has the piano part and is extant even though the full score was lost.  We want Prometheus Unbound! We want Prometheus Unbound! [everybody] We want Prometheus Unbound!...

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« Reply #7931 on: April 02, 2020, 06:21:07 AM »
WE WANT PROMETHEUS UNBOUND!
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« Reply #7932 on: April 02, 2020, 07:04:10 AM »
WE WANT PROMETHEUS UNBOUND!

Perhaps Prometheus likes being tied up..... it takes all sorts....... ;)

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« Reply #7933 on: April 02, 2020, 07:49:55 AM »
Perhaps Prometheus likes being tied up..... it takes all sorts....... ;)
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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7934 on: April 02, 2020, 07:51:12 AM »
Yup, fooled me too! But I agree with Christo, lots of fingerprints, not a whole lot of substance...

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7935 on: April 05, 2020, 02:28:16 AM »
I wouldn't expect substance from one page of manuscript. I kinda hoped April Fools would get into the sea where it belongs, what with the much bigger crisis we have on our hands right now. I was wrong.
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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7936 on: April 05, 2020, 02:16:37 AM »
WE WANT PROMETHEUS UNBOUND UNBOUND!!
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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7937 on: April 08, 2020, 05:21:13 AM »
I may well have missed the relevant information here, but which label has Faust been recorded for? As it's Martyn Brabbins and ENO forces (there's luxury for you) I assume it's Dutton...

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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7938 on: April 08, 2020, 05:43:20 AM »
I may well have missed the relevant information here, but which label has Faust been recorded for? As it's Martyn Brabbins and ENO forces (there's luxury for you) I assume it's Dutton...

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Yes, it's Dutton.
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Re: Havergal Brian.
« Reply #7939 on: April 08, 2020, 06:01:18 AM »
Thanks Johan! That's great news, Dutton deserves every accolade for maintaining an enterprising output in what were already difficult commercial times.

It's sobering to think that so many scheduled recordings, concerts and music festivals are now cancelled or curtailed, but I suppose that just goes to show how fragile culture is in the face of wider global problems and tragedy.

You keep safe as well, my friend.

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A piece is worth your attention, and is itself for you praiseworthy, if it makes you feel you have not wasted your time over it. (SG, 1922)