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THE SYMPHONIC STATUS OF BRAHMS

Despite his unquestionable greatness as a composer, Brahms must surely rank with Schumann and Mendelssohn in between the truly great symphonists (9 or more) of Beethoven and Schubert on the one hand,  and Bruckner and Mahler on the other hand. … Continue reading

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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR?

The idea of Jesus Christ as ‘Superstar’, as in the rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice, is a complete contradiction in terms, making Christ appear synonymous with all that, in metachemical vein, is most contrary to metaphysics, … Continue reading

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NOTHING NOVEL ABOUT NOVELS

Writing a novel for book publication is really equivalent to writing a symphony for orchestral performance, whether or not you thrown-in essays and concertos for good overall  physical/pseudo-chemical measure, the novels and symphonies arguably more pseudo-chemical than physical, with a … Continue reading

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MICHAEL SCHENKER

The genius of Michael Schenker is such that each and every note seems pregnant with meaning, fecund in its relationship to an intensely inventive and original riff and/or run, with substantial harmonic underpinning, where applicable, of vocal leads and choruses. … Continue reading

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FREEDOM

Pushed too far or taken beyond a certain point, freedom is apt to become tyrannical.  The freedom of one man becomes the enslavement of others to the tyranny of his freedom, which knows no bounds except those laid down, rather … Continue reading

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STUPID SONGS

One of the things I am most ashamed of and have most regrets about in my life is the amount of time spent listening to stupid songs, particularly those composed by overly pseudo-male ‘sons-of-bitches’!

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AN APPARENT CONTRADICTION IN TERMS

The other day I noticed a dog snuffling around in the undergrowth close to where I was sitting in my favourite local park, then I noticed that it was a greyhound and, as it turned away at the behest of … Continue reading

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CHARM OF THE COUNTRY

The charm of the country lies less in the country itself than in the comparative absence of other people.  To some extent this can also be true of parks.

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SUCCESS AND FAILURE IN CLASS PERSPECTIVE

Success and failure – so many succeed only to fail, while failure often turns into success, at least for a time.  But between the extremes of persistent success (stardom?) and persistent failure (dereliction?) there exists a grey zone of people … Continue reading

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THINKERS AND WRITERS

Literature is divisible between progressive writers, who think ahead of what they write, and regressive writers, who write ahead of their thoughts or, rather, let what they write be a substitute for thought. No regressive writer can be described as … Continue reading

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