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Re: Peteris Vasks (born 1946)
« Reply #100 on: June 14, 2021, 05:13:44 PM »
I would like to stick my head in quickly and add that Distant Light is a masterpiece, and I honestly don't think I've heard a Vasks composition I didn't enjoy.

Stick away, Greg! Just watch out for the light sockets. ;) But, yes, Distant Light is an incredible piece.
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Re: Peteris Vasks (born 1946)
« Reply #101 on: June 15, 2021, 01:52:03 AM »
Well, it’s not like Vasks came and said he hated Jews and homosexuals. He’s entitled to his opinion just as you and I are both entitled to our own. Coming from a religious background myself, I understand where the composer is coming from, but one mustn’t get caught up in another man’s worldview, we simply have to bear witness to our own experiences and try to better ourselves with each passing day. That’s all I’m saying about any of this as I don’t want to derail this thread any further. God knows I’ve derailed too many today as it is! :P

I agree. Not with the assertion that you have derailed too many threads, because I don't know whether that is true or not :). I agree that the worldviews of those we read, hear or observe can be merely noted as we engage with their art. If we didn't, I would be unable to listen to those dreadful Masses which litter history. Musically wonderful at times, but lyrically very robust in what they espouse and exclude, and not necessarily my cup of tea ideologically.

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Re: Peteris Vasks (born 1946)
« Reply #102 on: June 15, 2021, 03:10:16 AM »
Stick away, Greg! Just watch out for the light sockets. ;) But, yes, Distant Light is an incredible piece.

It's not like I said it belongs in the dustbin.
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Re: Peteris Vasks (born 1946)
« Reply #103 on: June 15, 2021, 03:17:07 AM »
I agree that the worldviews of those we read, hear or observe can be merely noted as we engage with their art. If we didn't, I would be unable to listen to those dreadful Masses which litter history. Musically wonderful at times, but lyrically very robust in what they espouse and exclude, and not necessarily my cup of tea ideologically.

I’m always glad I never learnt Latin. ;)

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« Reply #104 on: June 15, 2021, 04:42:54 AM »
I’m always glad I never learnt Latin. ;)

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Re: Peteris Vasks (born 1946)
« Reply #105 on: June 15, 2021, 04:53:39 AM »
It's not like I said it belongs in the dustbin.
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Re: Peteris Vasks (born 1946)
« Reply #106 on: June 15, 2021, 06:00:49 AM »
I agree. Not with the assertion that you have derailed too many threads, because I don't know whether that is true or not :). I agree that the worldviews of those we read, hear or observe can be merely noted as we engage with their art. If we didn't, I would be unable to listen to those dreadful Masses which litter history. Musically wonderful at times, but lyrically very robust in what they espouse and exclude, and not necessarily my cup of tea ideologically.

Each to their own :)

Absolutely. I concur.
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Re: Peteris Vasks (born 1946)
« Reply #107 on: June 15, 2021, 06:02:47 AM »
It's not like I said it belongs in the dustbin.

Upon further reflection, I realize my opinion of the Skalkottas VC was rather harsh, but, at the same time, it’s still not a work I enjoy and I should’ve just left it at that.
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« Reply #108 on: June 15, 2021, 06:03:39 AM »
Upon further reflection, I realize my opinion of the Skalkottas VC was rather harsh, but, at the same time, it’s still not a work I enjoy and I should’ve just left it at that.

Fair enough.
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Re: Peteris Vasks (born 1946)
« Reply #109 on: June 15, 2021, 07:31:41 AM »
Tempora mutantur

Yeah I like that, had it in a Japanese restaurant. :P