Saturday, 5 September 2015
POSTSCRIPT: Perhaps I should add, in relation to Sunday's Prom programme (above) that the second piece relates to the so-called 'Seven Deadly Sins' to which ALL humans fall foul, to greater or lesser extent. It is no less interesting to relate them to what we know of Hampstead.
PRIDE also known as vanity it is said 'comes before a fall'. All humans are subject to it to such an extent it must be an innate trait that flows from a state of consciousness and self introspection. It can be reinforced or undermined by the conditioning experienced in life. If not recognised and controlled it results in introversion and selfishness. We must learn to love and empathise which are the antithesis of this primary 'deadly sin'. One of the disturbing traits of the psychopath it should be noted is a absorption in self and an absence of empathy, allowing the execution of despicable acts on others without compunction.
ENVY is a state of mind that creates dissatisfaction with one's state of being and jealous of others who appear to have what is lacking in oneself. Things like physical or mental abilities, possessions or status. It is a very effective motivator and method of control, used to effect by the powerful.
GLUTTONY is another term for over-eating or unnecessary consumption of food and/or drink much in evidence in today's society.
LUST is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body and primarily sexual ones.
ANGER that may be suppressed or manifested with dangerous physical consequences. It is triggered by factors buried deep in the human psyche, part instinctive part learned, part reactive, part proactive. It is also known as wrath. Religions may take their cue from the wrath of God, who has been big on it.
GREED excessive interest material wealth or financial gain, to the exclusion of human emotion. Also termed avarice or covetousness.
SLOTH is the avoidance of physical or mental effort. Also called laziness.
For what it's worth and make of it what you will, this is the BBC Proms programming for tonight (5.9.15) and this Monday (7.9.15) (See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ecdc8g) For the imaginative, a certain theme can be detected for the programming of the three nights, whether coincidental or not.
With respect to the Bernstein programme for example 'Candide' is based on the famous work by the atheist Voltaire. From WIKI we have this: "The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide's slow, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if not rejecting optimism outright, advocating a deeply practical precept, "we must cultivate our garden", in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, "all is for the best" in the "best of all possible worlds"." The 1956 libretto was by Lillian Hellman as it happens. Others including Dorothy Parker and Stephen Sondheim contributed to the text.
West Side Story is a classic of doomed love set in the gangland streets of New York and is a musical contemporary reprise of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The libretto by Stephen Sondheim was his Broadway 1956 debut. Peter Pan was a 1950 musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie's play Peter Pan, or 'The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up'. Boris Karloff happened to play the leading roles of George Darling and Captain Hook.
As regards Monday's programme, which just happens to be the 69th, (you may have noticed an apparent preponderance of sixes throughout or is that just my imagination?) Francesca da Rimini is based on a true and tragic tale of a furtive ten year love affair between the heroine and her handsome brother-in-law. It ends inevitably in their death when they caught together by her husband. Boccaccio apparently put out an alternative version of the story that claimed that Francesca had been cheated as partial justification for her unfaithfulness. He was born in 1313, some 27 years after Francesca’s death. In the first volume of The Divine Comedy, Dante and Virgil meet Francesca and her lover Paolo in the second circle of hell, reserved for the lustful. Here, the couple is trapped in an eternal whirlwind, doomed to be forever swept through the air just as they allowed themselves to be swept away by their passions. The performance takes precisely 18 minutes.
WIKI tells us the Rachmaninov piece was premiered, again with the composer as soloist, on 9 November 1901, "His second piano concerto confirmed his recovery from clinical depression and writer's block, cured only by a course of hypnotherapy. The concerto was dedicated to Nikolai Dahl, a physician who had done much to restore Rachmaninoff's self-confidence." "The Moderato theme appears in Muse's 2001 song "Space Dementia". The lyric line "And tear us apart and make us meaningless again" follows exactly Rachmaninoff's melody in the first movement." The music is used and adapted in numerous film scores and situations. The Moderato theme appears in Muse's 2001 song "Space Dementia" and the lyric line "And tear us apart and make us meaningless again" follows exactly Rachmaninoff's melody in the first movement." "In the 2005 Korean movie Blood Rain,briefly towards the end right after the scene where the sky rained blood, and right at the end of the movie from the closing scene into the closing credits."
The Monday 7th September programme is concluded by Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Scheherazade'. It was completed on August 7, 1888. It is inspired by but does not replicate specific tales or voyages of Sinbad from a Thousand and One Nights. However the basis for the story and Rimsky-Korsakov's musical interpretation of it is not far from the truth story of the Sultan Schariar, who convinced that all women are false and faithless, vowed to put to death each of his wives after the first nuptial night. But the Sultana Scheherazade saved her life by entertaining her lord with fascinating tales, told seriatim, for a thousand and one nights. The Sultan, consumed with curiosity, postponed from day to day the execution of his wife, and finally repudiated his bloody vow entirely. Rimsky-Korsakov who lived from 1844 to 1908 and was a member of the group of composers known as The Five.
So now in over-view, whether any of this has any occult significance is anybody's guess. Only those in the know, are in a position to know. However in view of the fact that the dates of 5th to the 7th (incl) have been ascribed to 'the Marriage of the Beast' in some circles, the preponderance of love, death and sacrificial themes, or the frequency of significant numerology cannot be be lightly disregarded. Three, five, six and nine all appear with amazing frequency you will have noticed.
Of course on one level this is simply great music, composed by musical genius and performed by amazingly talented musicians. But this does not rule out that someone or something is having a 'private joke' or conveying a private message that only the initiated will understand. As Ian Skelly (who I greatly admire) and who will present the Sunday Prom says in his radio 3 promo, "Why should the Devil have all the good music" and "the Devil will be picking up his fiddle and dancing with the skeletons" on Sunday night. Incidentally we are informed that the talented Ian is a full time writer and has worked closely for a decade with HRH The Prince of Wales helping him to articulate the detail of his initiatives. They wrote 'Harmony' together in n 2010 that I just happen to have in my collection.
SATURDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER, 2015.
17:30 Royal Albert Hall
Prom 67: Bernstein – Stage and Screen
Celebrate the music of Leonard Bernstein with John Wilson and his orchestra in this Prom which features highlights from 'Candide', 'Wonderful Town', 'Fancy Free', 'West Side Story' and 'Peter Pan'. Also broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 11 September.
21:00 Royal Albert Hall
Prom 68: Bach – Six Cello Suites
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has the Royal Albert Hall stage to himself for this Late Night Prom as he takes on the challenge of J. S. Bach’s Six Cello Suites. Broadcast on BBC Four on Thursday 10 September.
MONDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2015
Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini (18 mins)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (35 mins)
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade (42 mins)
Nikolai Lugansky piano
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov conductor
"Just over a decade since their most recent visit, the St Petersburg Philharmonic and its renowned Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Yuri Temirkanov, return to the Proms with a homegrown programme of Russian greats. Pianist Nikolai Lugansky is the soloist in Rachmaninov’s most famous work, the Second Piano Concerto, with its lyrical slow movement and brilliant, virtuosic finale. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade dissolves the magic and colour of the tales of the Thousand and One Nights into a glittering musical tapestry that the composer himself described as ‘an oriental narrative of fairy-tale wonders’. Tchaikovsky’s swirling tone-poem of doomed lovers opens the programme." (Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/r89mxj/by/date/2015/08/31#2015-09-05) END.