Sound of one hand clapping?
Originally Posted by hackneyvi
I actually enjoyed much of this performance: the influence of Boulez was there texturally at first, and Berio with the various collage-like sprechtgesang interpolations.
Last edited by Panjandrum; 26-11-11 at 18:26.
Yup, thanks. I'd forgotten it was an interview. Well, I think that's illuminating and answers some of the comments made here.
Originally Posted by John Skelton
I listened to 30 minutes and although it was by no means a penance I couldn't then face the rest. It's probably something to have a recording of and get into bit by bit, feeling for the signposts.
(I managed about 50 minutes of Edward Cowie's string quartet birdsong pieces last night but there was an interval in the middle. I do tend to flag in very long works)
The length of CONSTRUCTION partly explains its fascination and challenge for me.
I understand that if a nightclub employs a 7ft bouncer there will be blokes who want to take him on while
if he were merely 6' 4" he'd be left alone.
Last edited by Alison; 26-11-11 at 20:26.
I would just mention that anyone with a genuine interest in coming to grips with this music could find a fair amount about the final stages of the composition process with a bit of creative Googling. I really hope the Ambisonics recording which was made of the performance can be worked into 5.0 surround release.
Perceived recognisable musical reference points help give meaning to a new piece that might otherwise completely alienate the listener. But supposing those reference points had been Ketèlbey or Léhar rather than Boulez and Berio ... would it have been less enjoyable?
Originally Posted by Panjandrum
I heard the opening comments about half dozen times because the iPlayer was constantly sticking and the more often I heard Barrett speak, the harder I found him to hear. This is a common experience for me if I have repeatedly to hear a piece of speech. The remark was just a silly rib about Barrett's talk which I found a chore. I'm not sure that 'Live on Stage' chat adds much that's useful on these occasions; on the whole, I prefer the more considered kind of announcer-read intros for the Pre-Hear pieces. But I'm sure, in turn, that's a bore to others.
Originally Posted by heliocentric
Which of you was the winner, Alison?
Originally Posted by Alison
This does not appear to be the case in CONSTRUCTION, as has been pointed out.
Originally Posted by Boilk
However even if it were, Barrett would be in good company - Bach and Wagner at least were I believe guilty of the same crime. And there may well be something new, and some synergy created, in juxtaposing/ superimposing previous compositions.
Last edited by Oddball; 27-11-11 at 11:05.
Reason: must be my eyesight