Today, while working on a transcription for electric guitar of a Telemann ‘Fantasia’ , i was thinking of another transcription i once made a long time ago of a piece by Orlando Gibbons [1583-1625],
The piece i’m referring to ‘Five Part In Nomine’ was scored for Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Vibraphone and Electric Guitar. A fine instrumentation!
This may be the right moment to post a transcription i made of a panel discussion that was video taped by Other Minds in 2010. https://archive.org/details/OMF_2010_03_04_c2_01
Charles Armirkhanian is discussing the 2nd String Quartet with composer Jurg Frey.
what strikes me so is this important role church music, psalms and hymns and chorales played and still play in music. This leads me to my own fascination with church music in general. From the Ecole de Notre Dame, to Orlando Gibbons, to Claude Goudimel, [the composer to which Jurg Frey might be referring to, when he speaks of his book of chorals], Goudimel the composer of the Genevan Psalter Book, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Goudimel], to Jurg Frey, to Morton Feldman ‘ if i want my music to demonstrate anything, it is that ‘nature and human nature are one’. Unlike Stockhausen, i don’t feel called upon to forcefully ‘mediate’ between the two. Stockhausen believes in Hegel; i believe in God. it is as simple as that’. [‘A life without Bach and Beethoven’ – Give my Regards to Eight Street]. The feeling is universal, at least in the context of western music, and of importance to me. I’m convinced that some knowledge of this subject will give you good insights of music in general.
So for now i’d like to end with the mentioning of Roscoe Holcomb, a Kentucky Mountain Music man with a strong faith.
Beautiful book/DVD/CD by John Cohen!