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The visions of R Murray Schafer
by GORDON RUMSON

 

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From long investigation of the soundscape in our world, Schafer is strongly aware of the myriad sounds that fill our ears. Many of these sounds could not even remotely be notated on the music staff. Yet there must be some way of suggesting them.

This ranges from the simple Sound Poem:

'When Words Sing', from The Thinking Ear, (Indian River, Ontario: Arcana Editions, 1986) p. 197.
Example 2: 'When Words Sing', from The Thinking Ear,
(Indian River, Ontario: Arcana Editions, 1986) p. 197.
Reproduced here with permission.

To the more elaborate:

Train [for Youth Orchestra], (Berandol Music: Toronto, 1977), p. 14-15. Click for an enlarged view.
Example 3: Train [for Youth Orchestra], (Berandol Music: Toronto, 1977), p. 14-15.
Reproduced here with permission. Click on the image for an enlarged view.

And to the most complex:

Divan I Shams I Tabriz [for Orchestra, seven singers and electronic sounds], (Indian River, Ontario: Arcana Editions, previously published Universal Edition, 1969) p. 30-1. Click on the image for an enlarged view.
Example 4: Divan I Shams I Tabriz [for Orchestra, seven singers and electronic sounds], (Indian River, Ontario: Arcana Editions, previously published Universal Edition, 1969) p. 30-1. Reproduced here with permission.

Click on the image for an enlarged view.

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Copyright © 16 July 2000 Gordon Rumson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

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