Music & Vision's monthly column -
GORDON RUMSON writes:
I went. I saw. I couldn't listen. Does anyone know what this is about?
Anyone interested in a mystery? Probably underground music ...
For those who might not know, and I fear there may be some, Michael Habermann
is one of this generation's pianistic super-virtuosos, fully the equal of
the more celebrated Marc André Hamelin. Dr Habermann was born in
Paris, has lived in Canada, Mexico and currently the United States and was
one of the first pianists (perhaps the first) to gain Kaikhosru Shapurji
Sorabji's permission to perform those mystic, legendary and virtually unplayable
works. And play them Dr Habermann does -- with total command and profound
musicianship. In my estimation Dr Habermann's performances most deeply
plumb the hazy mystic depths of Sorabji's music -- depths which border on
the intoxicated -- in the manner of the spiritually wine drenched Sufis.
This website is devoted to Dr Habermann's career and activities. There
are long NPR broadcast interviews in audio here, but no selections from
the CDs (of which there are several). We can only hope that some examples
will shortly be posted. Here is one of the foremost pianists of our time.
For whatever reason I'm always interested in those whose musical trajectories
are not quite the norm. Here's a site with a very interesting collection
of songs based on Thomas Hardy; the songs are provided with detailed historical
and biographical information. Very striking. I
encourage people to investigate. The site is very well presented and the
sound files very good (some MIDI and others audio). And did I mention that
the music is very fine?
Jerry A Green: Composer
Sousa lives! The March of the American Heroes available for download
here is entirely in that manner. Effective, but not necessarily my idea
of a fitting tribute. But then I don't roam in the world of marching bands
and am also not an American -- both facts which mean nothing to an appreciation
of the music. So here's something for those who do, or who are. The composer
is very clear that his work is free for performance. This is most fitting.
The composition Wake the Neighbors for percussion trio made No 1
on the percussion charts of mp3.com and is an effective marching
band style percussion excursion.
Copyright © 3 December 2001 Gordon
Rumson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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