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Having said that the compositions are New Age in style, I do think it
is necessary to qualify that, perhaps drastically.
Barnard is an extremely secure composer and study of his scores reveals
that the works are carefully planned and based on coherent ideas. Themes
recur, though sometimes the motif may be just a single chord, while subtle
differences in statements of material require careful preparation.
In the 47 minute long Angelic Nocturne, a passage occurs where
the durations of the same melodic idea are elongated by a tiny fraction
of a beat. Almost imperceptible -- but one must pay attention.
Keith Barnard also makes use of the New Age echoing reverberation. Frequently
the pedal of the piano is held down for many minutes. The result is not
muddy, but fascinating as harmonics collide and interact in shivering fashion.
This is music for a small acoustic space (the hall I will perform in seats
but fifty souls) where the sound can almost be felt even at the softest
dynamic level. Perhaps the analogy of scent is better: this is a kind of
musical incense [listen -- 'A Tapestry of Sound'].
Keith Barnard's music is also deeply reflective and designed to 'quiet
the mind and open it to divine influences'. (I believe John Cage used this phrase.) For people who
listen with open ears, this will happen. Keith Barnard is a unique voice
and his music is of the highest quality.
Copyright © 31 January 2003
Gordon Rumson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
A BIOGRAPHY OF KEITH BARNARD
POETRY BY KEITH BARNARD
'MUSIC - A CHOICE OF FUTURES' BY KEITH BARNARD
PLANET TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL (2000)
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The tape Healing Music No 1 (for piano) can be purchased from the composer for ten pounds. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org