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Songs without words.

September 10, 2012

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“Two Songs without Words “. A pair of short orchestral pieces by Holst, which provide a calming balance to the business of opening up e-mail on a Monday morning. They also work well as a background to the folding of washing, carrying out vital social media activity, doing the crossword and so on, while not being sufficiently charming (or long) to supply the post-modern ironic soundtrack to war or gore in a movie scene.

Why do I mention this? Because music hath charms to sooth the savage breast. Or to inspire the miserable one, or stimulate the torpid one. And that is what these occasional comments will be about. I’m lucky to know a lot of folk who know a lot of music, of every kind, and some of it has rubbed off on me. I’ll try anything once and if I like it, will share why. There is no order or theme to this.

What I’m supposed to be doing right now I won’t say. Hardly matters, anyway: whether it’s cooking, budgeting, or any other “ing”, it’s statistically likely that this is not it. Whatever: there’s an equal lump of trouble heading in my direction if this gets in the way of anything allegedly more important, which is why I will not be pressing Publish until a point in time when I am unequivocally entitled to be about my own affairs.

So back to Holst. I think it’s worth knowing that he wrote more than The Planets – which engenders a full range of emotional responses all by itself. But beyond that I am very fond of his St Paul’s Suite – four short pieces (12 and a half minutes total) that he wrote for his daughter’s school orchestra. They’re just lovely – not too taxing, but light and tuneful without being suitable for butchering on pan pipes.

Written while listening to Muse – Origin of Symmetry. Does that indicate anything?

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2 Comments
  1. Don’t always love Holst but willing to give it a go – by the way, like the idea all round!

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