Tuesday, August 30, 2005

arc en ciel

Apparently there was a double rainbow bowing accross Les Cougieux and the approaching autumn lumiere is magnificent...

Here in Bremen we are basking within the arched spectrum of Mozart symphonies. That 14 year old composer of Mitridate grew into a pretty amazing guy.

Our chef started the rehearsal of the andante asking for 'yoga'. He repeated it over and over again, and indeed as I became more mindful of a minute harmonic change or a new rhythmic emphasis, the ibookless world receded and a walking meditation took it's place; a miraculous voyage through the sound of the Golden Section.

Suddenly the harmony shifts up a semitone (the original version of that old instant transposition trick now universally used to seduce us - think the end of 'I will always love you') and, like the rainbow, we rise above ourselves for an instant....

Arc en ciel.


Blogger Jean said...

Something that takes you up and makes you forget the shitty stuff for a while - life has nothing better, really, does it?

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Blogger Dale said...


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Blogger Zinnia Cyclamen said...

That up-a-semitone-shift is aka the 'truck driver's gear change' (not when applied to Mozart, natch, but definitely when applied to dodgy pop songs) - check out http://www.gearchange.org/ next time you're in need of a good laugh.

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Blogger ruth said...

wow zinnia! that's fascinating! (actually I am a huge fan of I will Always ove You and dat bird who sings it wotsername?)

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Whitney Houston. I'm a fan too. Unlike Top Bloke who says she's all technique and no soul. But then he's a bass player in a heavy rock band.

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well sounds like top bloke is deaf to me (cos he can`t be soul-less can he...)

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