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When a bell is struck, we hear an initial single tone but then we also begin to hear the overtones emanating from the initial tone. To our contemporary ears, it is a relatively simple music, evocative as you would imagine of dark, incense-filled abbeys. As we sat down in the pews facing the towering gold statue of Jesus on the cross and the stained glass and mosaics, the altar in front of us was bare. The piece was at turns spacious and awful in the religious sense of the word , suggesting both meditation and a sense of the power of the meditated subject that is, the divine.

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When a bell is struck, we hear an initial single tone but then we also begin to hear the overtones emanating from the initial tone. To our contemporary ears, it is a relatively simple music, evocative as you would imagine of dark, incense-filled abbeys. As we sat down in the pews facing the towering gold statue of Jesus on the cross and the stained glass and mosaics, the altar in front of us was bare. The piece was at turns spacious and awful in the religious sense of the word , suggesting both meditation and a sense of the power of the meditated subject that is, the divine.

With nothing to hold our gaze, we had to concentrate exclusively on the music and the sonic qualities of the space. It led to, I think, a deeper engagement with the performers and the pieces and to a sort of small and unfortunately reversible heightened sensory awareness. The third piece in the program, the longest of the four, was also the most difficult. The piece is divided into seven movements.

The odd numbered movements, with the exception of the finale, consist only of a repeated four note pattern for the bass drum and tom-tom, which can be effectively illustrated like so: …I,.. In the seventh and final movement, the music again goes quiet, a solitary voice. From this description, the piece may sound disjointed, but in light of the title and text, a clear narrative logic emerges.

But the music is not triumphant. No, it is terrifying, awesome again, in the religious sense. The crash of the cymbal visibly startled the audience and the piercing voice soprano Maria Valdmaa was almost unbearably clear, unbearably portentous.

The first five movements are all almost childlike in their simplicity. He has lived through Soviet rule, through exile. His musical knowledge is studiously cultivated and his output includes the prickliest of modernist sounds. The piece and the intonation served as a perfect vehicle for the voices of Tore Denys tenor , Chance the aforementioned countertenor , and Valdmaa the aforementioned soprano , all three of whom, I cannot stress this enough, were simply perfect.

And here, I would like to return to the Sontag quote with which I began the review. But what lies in between those intervals, inside that space? It is not simply empty, awaiting more notes, more sound. As the piece was performed, the sound of sirens and Manhattan traffic could be heard outside, intermittently attempting to force its way between the cello and the violin, between the countertenor and the viola. But, again and again, it was rejected.

Unlike in the music of say, John Cage, who is also so enamored with silence, the ambient did not belong. His silence is not absence, it cannot be filled; it is a thing in itself. This, I think, is why the reaction by so many to his music is a spiritual one. Something is always happening that makes a sound. And at the center of his compositions, in that unreachable kernel of silence, maybe there, for those given to the search, is the divine.

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Trivium, for organ

As it turns out, this is one of several similarities between the two works. They share a common central compositional procedure, which not only results in related sonorities but which carry the same kinds of religious symbolisms as well. Pari intervallo was one of the seven works performed in under the title Tintinnabuli. Trivium utilizes a compositional technique developed in those early pieces, which takes its onomatopoetic name from the sound of a struck bell. That is, the tonic, or main key, area isn't a point of departure and return, but rather a field of exploration in and of itself. M- for melodic lines undertake stepwise figures, usually within and across a diatonic non-chromatic scale. T- for tintinnabular lines confine themselves to notes within the tonic chord, often arppeggiating in patterns determined by the motion of the M-line.

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I quite enjoy certain aspects of the more minimalist end of the repertoire and indeed the music of Part sorry - couldn't find the required accent! I play it, not very often as it's an acquired taste, but I do like it. It's not difficult at all, infact sight-readable because nothing happens quickly, so as long as you know where it's heading so that you can communicate the overall structure, it won't cause you any difficulties. In a decent acoustic, with beautiful flutes and a nice clear principal chorus it sounds excellent and is indeed a unique piece of repertoire. That's a useful summary Paul. Would you say easier or harder than Miroir Ad Wammes the only piece of minimalism I've delved into? Thanks Paul - another effective piece in this idiom is Continuum by Iain Quinn published here - not too expensive either.

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